Last February the Mets partnered with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to launch the "Ya Gotta Read!" initiative. The pilot program was offered to 1,000 third, fourth and fifth graders at P.S. 19Q Marino Jeantet. The students were challenged to read one grade-level book a week during the six-week program. The students at P.S. 19Q read a total of 4,061 books.
To continue fostering a love of reading in students, the Mets Foundation made a $5,000 donation to P.S. 19Q to purchase books for their library. The check was presented during a pregame ceremony to Principal Genie Caliber and several students who participated in the challenge.
The Mets and Wilmer Flores invited 50 foster children and their parents from the Children's Village to Citi Field for Friends of Flores, presented by Konica Minolta. Children's Village is an organization that helps society's most vulnerable children become educationally proficient, economically productive, and social responsible members of their communities. The families watched batting practice, took photos with Wilmer and received autographs.
The goal of the program is to continue to raise awareness about the thousands of local foster children in need of homes and the opportunity for families to serve as foster parents, adoptive families and mentors.
The Mets hosted Girl Scout Troop 6000 at Citi Field for one of their weekly meetings. Troop 6000 is specially designed to serve girls in the New York City shelter system. Wives of Mets players and coaches greeted the girls and helped with an activity designed to work on confidence building and public speaking. The troop also enjoyed dinner in the press conference room, received Mets scout patches, and watched a Mets game.
The Mets partnered with Project ALS to host the 15th annual "Night to Believe" Fundraiser at Citi Field to benefit the non-profit organization. More than 700 guests came together for a pregame party in the Bullpen Plaza to help support the non-profit organization renowned for their outstanding leadership in funding treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease. Over the last 15 years, the annual fundraiser at Citi Field has raised more than $2.5 million dollars for crucial ALS research.
The Mets and New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina honored more than 100 New York City high school students at Citi Field as winners of the Remarkable Achievement Awards. Each student overcame challenges and defied the odds to graduate high school. The students were treated to a private party and tickets to a Mets game.
The Mets joined New York City Councilman Peter Koo to celebrate winners of the "Readers are Leaders" contest. Councilman Koo challenged all third graders at Flushing public school to read a book in the month of May and write a creative book report. More than 500 children participated in the contest. The eight winning students were invited to Citi Field where they were presented with a New York City Council certificate and tickets to a Mets game.
The Mets would like to thank all the fans that came out to Citi Field to donate blood to help combat the blood emergency. Fans donated 495 pints of blood which is the equivalent of saving 1,485 lives. The event also produced the 10,000th donor who received a special Mets jersey and will be honored at a Mets game in August. All fans that donated received a voucher for a pair of tickets to a Mets game this season.