Arizona Cactus League canceled, Scottsdale Charros to persevere

Local organization looks to maintain philanthropic pursuit

Funds generated from the Charro Lodge are reinvested into the Scottsdale community. With the cancellation of spring training, the Scottsdale Charros look to persevere.
Funds generated from the Charro Lodge are reinvested into the Scottsdale community. With the cancellation of spring training, the Scottsdale Charros look to persevere.
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Major League Baseball has decided to bring an early end to spring training because of the coronavirus.

The Scottsdale Charros wish to thank the fans and players for an amazing season in its renovated and expanded Charros Lodge, which debuted this spring after investments from its organization and the City of Scottsdale.

The shortened season will have a negative impact on the Charros’ ability to give back to its education and charitable partners, according to a press release.

The organization’s charitable and educational partners depend on the financial resources derived from the Charro Lodge and sponsorships within Scottsdale Stadium.

The Charros are asking that ticket holders and sponsors consider donating the value of their unused tickets and sponsorships to The Charro Foundation so to provide continued support to the vital programs in Scottsdale public schools and local charities.

The Charro Foundation emphasizes giving grants to Scottsdale-based nonprofits who do work in the areas of youth, youth sports, education, Scottsdale’s western heritage or cultural and community enrichment.

The organization distributes approximately $1 million in such grants per year.

“Because so much of our charitable efforts are dependent on funds raised during spring training this will unfortunately reduce our ability to help the community,” Executive Director Dennis Robbins said in a prepared statement.

“However, the safety of the fans and the players must come first. Our membership will do all they can to offset this unfortunate loss of chartable revenues. We look forward to a full season of Cactus League play next year.”

Formed in 1961, The Scottsdale Charros are an all-volunteer, nonprofit group of business and civic leaders that help build the Scottsdale community by supporting youth sports, education and charitable causes. From the very beginning, the Charros --- by their very name --- meaning gentlemen riders, embodies the Scottsdale’s 1947 slogan, “The West’s Most Western Town.”

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