On July 13, our students, mentors, family, and fans made their way back to Marlins Park for a very special game. Even though the Miami Marlins didn’t win that day, there was something bigger happening on the field. Before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies, our very own Guitars Over Guns mentor, Alejandro, sang the National Anthem for thousands of baseball fans. Next, the first pitch was thrown by Bob Bernstein, Co-Founder of Guitars Over Guns and father to our CEO.

In May, Guitars Over Guns was one of four esteemed local non-profits to be named a 2018 Marlins Charity Partner, receiving a generous award of $25,000. This award was made possible through the Marlins Charity Empowerment Fund, funded primarily by Marlins players, and aims to make a deep and focused impact on South Florida youth through education and baseball, exemplifying the team’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and civic engagement.

In addition to the award, we also received more than $3,000 from a silent auction and raffle hosted at Marlins Park. The Marlins’ generous contribution will help us to continue providing no-cost music lessons, academic support, and strong mentoring relationships with professional musicians to our community’s most vulnerable youth.

“The Marlins Foundation has been a longtime supporter of our programs and the community at-large over the years,” said Chad Bernstein, Founder & CEO. “We are so honored and humbled by this partnership, and look forward to continuing to impact the lives of deserving youth with the Marlins at our side.”

Charity Partners Day at Marlins Park was an unforgettable celebration of a very special partnership. We’re so grateful to be among the 2018 Marlins Charity Partners, and can’t wait to work together to help our community’s future leaders succeed and thrive. ¡Juntos Miami!