When it comes to community involvement the Mitten family is nothing but supportive. Committed to a different charity partner every month, and involved with volunteer opportunities throughout the West Side our staff and patrons prove their commitment to giving back.
Sometimes changing a life is as simple as ordering a beer. For every pint sold of our “Teddy Rasberry Wheat Ale” $1 was collected as a donation to The Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball Program administered by the Grand Rapids YMCA.
The goal of this free program is to provide kids with a high quality summer baseball/softball experience right in their own neighborhoods. Through a partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the program has grown from just a few hundred kids to an average of 1,600 boys and girls each summer!
We are pleased to announce that we have raised $3,329 for ICYBS with the summer sales of Teddy Rasberry! This amount will cover most (if not all) of the purchase of equipment that the kids will need for the 2017 season. This donation will make a real difference in the lives of all participants, and will put gloves in the hands of children who could not otherwise afford them.
As a staff we are thrilled to donate to this program, and help improve the community in which we live, work and play!
For those unfamiliar, Ted "Teddy" Rasberry, was a local celebrity and celebrated figure in the annals of Negro League baseball history. (Note that Ted spelled his last name without the “p.”) Born in Mississippi in 1913, Ted and his family moved to Grand Rapids in 1935. In the late 1940s, he helped organize a local baseball team called The Grand Rapids Black Sox that featured baseball legend Satchel Paige.
After that, Ted was a player, manager and owner of the Detroit Stars (1954) and the Kansas City Monarchs (1956-1961). He was also responsible for being the first to racially integrate Little League teams in the Grand Rapids. Ted had a local ballpark (Jefferson and Highland) named in his honor in 2000.
Stay tuned for your next chance to try "Teddy Rasberry" when it's back on tap.