Some 1,400 ticket holders including 300 children from the foundation’s beneficiary organizations, gathered to meet local athletes, eat s’mores on the Giants’ field, experience the batting cages, play games, make their own stuffed animals and ornaments, decorate holiday stockings and cookies, and even visit the Giants’ Clubhouse. Holiday Heroes featured San Francisco Giants’ relief pitcher George Kontos, NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, U.S. figure skater and Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, U.S. hockey player, Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion Bret Hedican, U.S. skier and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and Oakland Raiders’ defensive back Taiwan Jones.
“Holiday Heroes is as much a grand party with everyone’s favorite, caring athletes as it is an event that is dedicated to raising funds for the ultimate holiday gift — access to resources that help children grow their confidence and self-esteem so they can ultimately realize all their dreams,” said Amy Wender-Hoch, Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) founder. WWFC honored Jennifer and Joe Montana with its first Inspiration Award for the couple’s philanthropic efforts and positive impact on the community through their Four Rings Family Foundation.
More scenes from Holiday Heroes 2013:
Proceeds from this year’s Holiday Heroes will benefit the Junior Giants Baseball Program, 49ers Foundation, Holy Family Day Home, Raphael House, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Always Dream Foundation, Fit Kids and Four Rings Family Foundation.
Video by MBL Media Productions, photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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