22 Mar BairFind Foundation Awarded 501c3 Nonprofit Status Entering 2011 Baseball Season
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – March 22, 2011 – The BairFind Foundation has been awarded 501c3 nonprofit status, and is now in position to raise awareness for America’s missing children throughout Minor League Baseball heading into the 2011 season and beyond.
Created by former Chicago Cubs minor leaguer Dennis Bair, The BairFind Foundation has teamed with affiliates of the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins in recent years to promote awareness for missing children.
A typical BairFind event features a team poster giveaway, with the players conducting an on-field autograph session for the fans. The posters include a photo and vital information for a local missing child. BairFind’s first event for the 2011 season is scheduled for July 10th with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Single A affiliate in Bradenton, Florida.
“Minor League Baseball is grassroots America, and this provides the ideal vehicle for our efforts,” says Bair, a former pitcher who studied nonprofit management at the University of Pittsburgh. Bair now serves as Executive Director of BairFind. “Achieving 501c3 status brings us to the next level. We have an opportunity to expand our project to over 150 minor league teams across the country, and bring hope to families with missing children in every city in America.”
Bair was an 8th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1995 following his junior season at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana. His efforts to find missing children have been featured in the New York Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, MILB.com and on WEWS TV/ABC in Cleveland, Ohio.
About The BairFind Foundation
The BairFind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities to help locate and recover missing children, and to raise public awareness for missing children in the United States. To learn more about The BairFind Foundation visit our web site at www.bairfind.org.