Washington, D.C., (August 5, 2011) – State Farm® and Major League Baseball® (MLB) today announced that Population Services International (PSI) has earned the second weekly $18,000 charitable donation in the State Farm Go To Bat program – an online, charitable giving initiative driven by the State Farm commitment to helping communities get to a better state.
Supporters of PSI, a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, reproductive health and non-communicable disease, rallied together and posted the highest Go To Bat game batting average during the program’s second week, helping the organization to receive the second of 10 weekly $18,000 donations.
“The Go To Bat program is a great example of our commitment to helping causes and individuals get to a better state,” said Todd Fischer, manager of national sponsorships for State Farm. “We’re thrilled that PSI is our second weekly winner and we know that the $18,000 donation will be put to good use to support their important mission.”
Along with its programs, PSI works in partnership with the public and private sectors to provide life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.
"PSI builds local capacity to solve local challenges and makes comprehensive, quality health care, products and services accessible,” said Marshall Stowell, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications for PSI. “PSI works at scale where the need is greatest. A hallmark of PSI’s work is providing real value for those who fund the organization."
In addition, Eric Bilsky (Silver Spring, Md.), who went to bat for PSI, is the program’s second individual winner and will be awarded a trip for two to the 2011 MLB World Series. At this year’s MLB World Series State Farm also will present a $25,000 donation to the charity that finishes the promotional campaign with the highest Go To Bat game batting average
Charity supporters and baseball fans can still go to bat for their favorite causes by visiting statefarm.com/gotobat and swinging for the fences in the State Farm Go To Bat game to increase the batting average of their selected charity. Players can better both their and their charity’s chances of winning by playing the online game on a daily basis, and sharing their participation on Facebook to get an additional home run and challenging their friends to “Go To Bat” for something that is important to them. The Go To Bat program concludes on September 26.
For more information on the Go To Bat program, visit statefarm.com/gotobat.
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