Throughout the season, Angels players and their wives visit local hospitals to lift the spirits of the patients and their families. Players and coaches make special appearances to distribute Angels items, sign autographs, and visit with the children and their families. The Angels often visit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer
The Angels annually join Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Mother's Day to raise money for the fight against breast cancer in America. Game-used bases, lineup cards, and the ceremonial home plate will be auctioned off, with funds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Players, coaches and umpires throughout the league support the cause by wearing pink wristbands and pink ribbons on their uniforms. Many players also choose to play with special pink bats on Mother's Day. The Angels are also honored to participate in the MLB Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to fighting the disease.
Father's Day Home Run Challenge
The Angels and Major League Baseball are committed to the fight against prostate cancer. In 2013, they will continue their partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the Home Run Challenge. In its fourteenth year of raising money for the cure of prostate cancer, the Home Run Challenge takes place the week prior to Father's Day with events scheduled at stadiums across the nation. During the Home Run Challenge, fans make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during the week's games, including all games played on Father's Day. On Father's Day, players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers across the league show their support by wearing blue wristbands, uniform decals, blue anti-glare and temporary blue ribbon tattoos.
Light the Night
Since, 2002 the Angels have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to sponsor the Light the Night Walk. Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl serves as the Light the Night Walk President. This special fundraising event is held at Angel Stadium and is an annual celebration and commemoration of lives touched by cancer. All walkers carry balloons: cancer patients and survivors carry white illuminated balloons, while cancer supporters carry red illuminated balloons. To participate in this year's walk, please visit www.lightthenight.org.
UCI Blood Drives
UC Irvine Medical Center and Angels Baseball are partnering for a series of summer blood drives at Angel Stadium. These blood drives will help meet the needs of the patients at the UC Irvine Medical Center during the summer months when blood shortages often occur. Each donor will receive two Angels vouchers which can be exchanged at the stadium box office for two free game tickets. Blood drives will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.