The Angels are one of 15 MLB teams competing in an online vote for the “Pepsi Refresh Project,” a competition with a reward of a $200,000 grant to help fund charitable activities.â†µ
Fans can vote online now for the Angels project, dubbed “Destination Graduation,” which aims to eradicate the 10% high school dropout rate among at-risk youth in Orange County.â†µ
â€œPeople are often amazed to learn that, in an affluent place like Orange County , thousands of bright, terrific, ambitious kids drop out of school because of circumstances they canâ€™t control,â€ said Torii Hunter, the Angelsâ€™ center fielder and team Ambassador. â€œItâ€™s heartbreaking because, like the rest of us, they deserve every chance possible to fulfill their dreams. Making sure they have that chance is the reason United Way created Destination Graduation.â€â†µ
Added Maria Chavez Wilcox, president and CEO of Orange County United Way: â€œHelping our countyâ€™s at-risk youth has never been more important or easier. All you have to do is go online and click. And click again. And click again until youâ€™ve reached the 25-vote limit for each day. Every vote is an important vote for our community, and a compassionate show of support for children who need a helping hand.â€â†µ
Online voting runs through next Tuesday, August 17.