Friday, March 29, 2013

Food, Beverage & Funding for Triangle Nonprofits


Maybe you have noticed that many of the concessions stands at the ballpark are staffed by volunteers. They donate their labor in return for a percentage of the stand's income. You might have been served by your neighbor, a high school band member or a former Durham mayor!

Sixteen different non-profits were part of this program last season that is managed by our concessionaire, Centerplate. In total, the organizations received $119,000. Looking at the 2012 report, I noticed three major categories: 

+  service clubs earned $41K
+  school support groups took in $26K 
+  ├╝ber loyal high school band parents pulled in 
    $37K for their kids uniforms and trips.

Over the past five seasons, the payout to non-profits has totaled $680,000.

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On a historical note, click on that menu graphic (above) from the 1980s at the old Durham Athletic park. It's hard to believe we sold smokes and Skoal at the concession stands. Times change! 

I readily admit that prices have crept up over the past 25-30 years, but remember, the Bulls do battle with inflation every Thursday night with a special menu of $1.00 concessions. 

Opening Day is April 8th. You're invited.