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Michael Wacha Striking Out Poverty

Proceeds benefit Big League Impact Foundation

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Based on 71 strikeouts, each worth $201.17

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JOIN ME IN STRIKING OUT POVERTY THIS SEASON

Growing up, I always loved visiting my grandparents’ farm in Elma, Iowa. My grandparents were farmers and worked hard all their life in order to provide for their family. Those characteristics have been passed down generations, and now the same values drive me to be the best person I can be on and off the baseball field. While growing up in Texas and going to school at Texas A&M — where agriculture is a big part of everyday life — I learned the significance of crop production.

I always strive to help make a difference for people in need, and this year, I’ve found the perfect opportunity to give back to something that has always been important to my family. Striking Out Poverty is an initiative of Food for the Hungry (FH), and — in a partnership with my teammate Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact — I’m dedicating my performance in the 2018 season towards building a farming and sustainable agricultural system in the Monte Plata region of the Dominican Republic. This project will take place over 3 years and includes a partnership with exporters that will lead to sustainability for these families and their communities for many years to come.

Please join me in making a Big League Impact by pledging a donation for every strikeout that I throw this season. I’m kicking off the campaign by personally pledging $60 for every strikeout. Adam has offered to match up to $75,000 that we collectively raise, so anything you give will have triple the impact!

What I’m most excited about is FH’s training program, which is an excellent way to educate farmers and give them the necessary tools and techniques that — like my grandparents — will help them be able to sustainably provide for their family and their community.

Thank you for your generosity in joining me in my goal this season!


SPECIAL REWARDS

  • Every pledge is entered into my monthly grab bag drawing that will include game-used gear, autographed cards, and other prizes.
  • Any pledge of $0.50 per strikeout or $50 will receive a limited-edition custom Striking Out Poverty t-shirt in our team colors.
    • The first 10 pledgers at this level will also receive a thank-you card with information about the community I’m helping.
  • Any pledge of $1 per strikeout or $100 will receive everything above, except the t-shirt will be autographed.
    • The first 10 pledgers at this level will also receive an autographed thank-you card with information about the communities we’re helping.
  • Any pledge of $2 per strikeout or $250 will receive everything at the $1/strikeout level, plus an autographed baseball.
  • Anyone whose pledge or donation total equals at least $500 will receive everything included in the $2/strikeout level and also be entered to win a Cardinals team-signed baseball.
  • Anyone whose pledge or donation total equals at least $1,000 will receive everything included in the $2/strikeout level and also be entered to win a Batting Practice and Meet & Greet Package (1 available):
    • Passes for 4 to watch the Cardinals take batting practice before a game at Busch Stadium
    • Meet and greet with me
    • 4 signed baseballs
    • 4 tickets to the game

Me with my family visiting the farm in Iowa, circa 2000.


Striking Out Poverty is a campaign by Food for the Hungry and Big League Impact to meet the most urgent needs in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and, communities to invest in their own development.

For more information visit www.strikingoutpoverty.com.

Schedule

DateNamestrikeoutsEarned
3/29Week 12$402
4/5Week 25$1,006
4/12Week 35$1,006
4/19Week 411$2,213
4/26Week 53$603
5/3Week 65$1,006
5/10Week 75$1,006
5/17Week 814$2,816
5/24Week 93$603
5/31Week 108$1,609
6/7Week 116$1,207
6/14Week 124$805
6/21Week 130-
6/28Week 140-
7/5Week 150-
7/12Week 160-
7/19Week 170-
7/26Week 180-
8/2Week 190-
8/9Week 200-
8/16Week 210-
8/23Week 220-
8/30Week 230-
9/6Week 240-
9/13Week 250-
9/20Week 260-
9/27Week 270-

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Helping meet basic human needs in an effort to restore dignity and hope to people in the local community and around the globe.

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