If you know anything about Randy Jones, you’re probably very aware of his decade-long career with the Padres; however the relationship didn’t end when him and his jersey retired.
Tom Seidler the Sr VP of Community and Military Affairs spoke to us about all the philanthropic work the Padres, Randy and the Foundation have teamed up to do for the San Diegan community. Working hand in hand to identify and host different groups of people and providing a once in a lifetime experience to them.
You can guess the events take time and preparation, we’ll use the VIP treatment event as an example of how the event plays out and the time and effort that goes into it to make it as enjoyable as possible for those in attendance.
Contacting the appropriate people to ensure all families attending have the correct information. Having tickets, goodie bags, parking passes and even the food all ready to go prior to arrival. Upon the 4-5 families arriving, they are greeted, given their goodie bags, tickets, parking passes and batting practice passes. As they are walked over to the Homeplate Gate Entrance they put on their new camo jerseys and get a photo with Randy. Afterwards, escorted to the field to watch batting practice and receive several autographs by the players. Randy than takes everyone over to the Randy Jones Grill for dinner before the game, after everyone gets their full, they are seated in their field level seats to enjoy the game.
Obviously there is a lot more preparation and actions taken to execute this and other events but it’s more than worth every minute in order to give back to the community through one of America’s favorite passtimes.
Seidler mentioned that one of the Padres favorite parts of working with Randy and the Foundation is Randy’s “uncanny ability to enhance each touch point with our fans for the better. Randy’s smile, caring nature and ability to bring people together is second to none.”
We love and look forward to continuing to work with the Padres to provide incredible experiences to San Diegans. Especially since Randy just received the position of Executive Director of the Padres Alumni Association.