Condors raise nearly $350,000 for charitable causes

The Bakersfield Condors were once again a leader in the community during the 2011-12 season. Through the generosity of the great fans in Condorstown who supported the team’s community and charitable endeavors, the team raised $348,490 for various charities and non-profit organizations during the 2011-12 season. That total, added to previous seasons, brings the Condors charitable donations in team history to over $4.3 million.

Teddy Bear Toss in Condorstown is an annual, much-anticipated tradition that delivered on its promise of bringing teddy bears and other stuffed animals to over 50 local charities in Kern County. Held on Nov. 26, 2011, nearly 9,000 fans threw 6,271 bears which were collected and distributed through the United Way of Kern County. In the event’s history, 73,111 teddy bears have been thrown onto the ice for donation to charity.

The Condors held four specialty Jersey auctions during the season with all proceeds donated to charity. As a whole, the four auctions raised $50,050. That total brings the team’s total donations through jersey auctions in team history to an astounding $818,343.

Through various non-profit, school, and fundraising initiatives, the Condors donated 10,522 tickets to charity organizations and schools during the 2011-12 season valued at over $70,000.

The eighth Annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon presented by 29 Eyewitness News and KUZZ 107.9 FM raised $31,000 for Links for Life, a local breast cancer resource center. The 24-hour hockey marathon was played with participants raising money and culminated with a Condors alumni game prior to a Condors victory over Las Vegas on March 17, 2012.