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Welcome From Diamond Club's President

2014 JV Baseball-Team-1-3Welcome to our website! We want to pass on congratulations to the new baseball families. We have all been there and realize what an exciting time this is. The Ravenwood baseball family is special, we are glad you have joined us. We have a talented group of kids and are looking forward to the team achieving great success in 2014. Ravenwood Diamond Club The Ravenwood Diamond Club is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our mission is to fiscally support the Ravenwood High School Baseball program. We fund items associated with running the program that are not funded by the school – our main expenses include player gear, spring break trip, senior gifts and miscellaneous field maintenance. 100% participation by the Baseball families is critical to our success. Board: Danny Schunk – President Sam Whitten – Vice President Jennifer Brakefield – Treasurer Kendle Yates – Secretary Kelly Burgess – Member at Large (Fundraising) Trevan Townsend – Member at Large (Field Maintenance) Membership We have had fantastic support - 100% participation - from the baseball families in years past. This year we will have 3 contribution levels - $200/$400/$600. These donations help fund the baseball player gear – pullovers, sweatpants, t-shirts and shorts. With the larger contribution levels, families receive Ravenwood apparel as a token of our appreciation. Budget In 2013, the Diamond Club raised about $16,000 - Bleacher Sign Program ($6,000), Diamond Club Membership ($9,000) and sponsorships ($1,000). In 2014 – we are projecting $25,000 of funding requests with the primary drivers being the Spring Break Trip ($15,000) and Player Gear ($5,000). Varsity Spring Break Trip  This is the 2nd year that the Varsity team will go to Jacksonville for Spring Break. We had a great trip last year.  The boys and parents had a great time. We hope this continues to be a tradition for our program. The boys will depart from Ravenwood High School on Sunday, March 16th  after the Brentwood game and return from Jacksonville on Friday, March 21st .  Games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The team will stay at the: Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront 1515 First Street North Jacksonville, Florida 32250 Phone – (904-241-2311) Bleacher Project For those of you who are new to the program, you may not realize the sense of pride we feel with the new addition of bleachers to our facility. We started the project last August. The bleacher’s cost $60,000. Many of the baseball families donated money in order to make this happen. We also had 2 local sponsors that contributed $5,000 each, Showtime and FitRx. We also want to thank Wayne Thurman, TLP Ventures, who served as our general contractor and provided critical services at, or below cost. Fundraising  We all must help with fundraising or we cannot support the program. Although one of our biggest expenditures is the Varsity spring break trip, we need all families – JV and Varsity – to raise money. Remember, your child will be a varsity player one day, and it takes all of us working together to make it happen. We have expanded our Bleacher Sign Fundraising program to include advertising on our website ravenwoodbaseball.com. We are offering sponsors 2 options:
  1. $150 - Bleacher Sign
  2. $500 – Bleacher sign plus advertising their logo on our website (including a hyperlink to their site). They will also select a Home Game that we will announce their sponsorship and a promotion of their choice.
We hope you enjoy the website, it would not have happened without Sam Whitten. Go Raptors! Ravenwood Diamond Club