ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-In a pregame ceremony this afternoon, Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney and his wife Nadia presented a check for $70,000 to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. The funds have been awarded by the Rays Baseball Foundation through the Loneys' yearly contribution to the Rays official charity.
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provides financial assistance to the Florida Guardian ad Litem program. Guardian ad Litem is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff who provide a powerful voice on behalf of abused and neglected children.
The $70,000 donation is the largest ever received by the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
"The Guardian ad Litem Foundation is so thankful to James and Nadia Loney and the Rays for all they do to help abused children who have been removed from their homes," said Sue Neville, Master Guardian ad Litem and Interim Board President of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. "This generous gift from the Loneys will help us to meet their social, emotional, educational and health needs."
Since joining the Rays in 2013, the Loneys have been supporters of Guardian ad Litem. Last season, they recorded public service announcements to recruit volunteer Guardians for the Program in the Tampa Bay area. Since then, the Loneys have twice been named Honorary Guardians ad Litem by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.
"It's great for everybody," said James Loney. "Nadia was very involved in the program last year and saw firsthand what they really needed. I hope that this will make a real impact on the organization."
For more information on the foundation, visit herotoachild.org.