The Washington Times - July 3, 2009, 08:05AM

    The Washington Nationals are stepping up again this weekend in the community relations department with a series of events and activities at Nationals Park that are all worthy causes.
    First, the Nationals and Becky’s Fund will host Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Friday, the first game of the July 4th weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. Becky’s Fund is a charity dedicated to domestic violence awareness and prevention.
   There will be a series of public service announcements, and before the game, Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas will present a resolution passed by the D.C. Council declaring July 3, 2009 “Domestic Violence Awareness Day” in Washington and will present The Bill of Domestic Violence Rights.
   On Sunday, the Nationals Dream Foundation, the charitable arm of the franchise, will host the second annual Children’s Day to raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center and awareness of their mission. The Foundation has partnered with Children’s National to create a Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex.
    There will be a silent auction and text-to-give promotion, among other activities. The auction will take place at the foundation kiosk in the center field plaza from 11:30 a.m. through the sixth inning, and features four tickets to the July 13 Jonas Brothers concert at the Verizon Center. The package includes a meet-and-greet with the Jonas Brothers. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the creation of the diabetes care complex.
    One of the Jonas Brother, Nick, has Type 1 diabetes. He filmed a public service announcement for the text-to-give promotion, where fans at the game or watching from home may text “NATS” to 90999 to make a $5 donation through their cell phone provider. Additionally, fans interested in supporting the cause may purchase tickets at,  A portion of the proceeds from all tickets purchased through that link will benefit the diabetes care complex, according to a Nationals press release.
    Also, Nationals officials said they have donated 2,400 tickets to military families and wounded veterans to series with the Braves.



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