Eric & Kate Wedge to Receive Seattle Mariners RBI Club Community Service Award
The Seattle Mariners RBI Club has conferred its top community service award on Mariners manager Eric Wedge and his wife Kate. The 2013 Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award will be presented to the Wedges on November 16, at the RBI Club’s annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Harbor Club. The RBI Club is an organization of Mariners season ticket holders who are active in the community.
The Moose Clausen Award is given to a past or present member of the Mariners organization for significant contributions to the community. This year’s award is being presented to the Wedges in recognition of their community service activities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and Seattle.
The Wedges have been involved in numerous charitable events and programs in every community where they have lived. In January 2013, they created The Wedge Foundation focused on assisting women and children in need. The Wedges have co-chaired the Refuse to Abuse® 5K Run/Walk in 2012 and 2013, which have raised $93,000 for the Coalition’s domestic violence prevention programs. They also hosted a celebrity bartending night on Mercer Island to benefit the Coalition.
In addition, the Wedges are active with Mariners Care, the Mariners non-profit foundation, Camp Korey, which provides recreational opportunities and support services to children with serious and life-altering medical conditions, visits to Seattle Children’s Hospital, the RBI Club’s annual Toys for Kids fundraising auction, Tree House, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.
Nationally, the Wedges support the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Eric travels annually to his home town of Fort Wayne, Indiana to host a banquet and clinic that raises money to support various local programs, and Kate runs the Carol K Classic Golf Tournament in her hometown of Buffalo, New York in honor of her mom. During their time in Cleveland while Wedge managed the Indians, the Wedges participated in and donated time to the First Energy Grand Slam Summer Literacy program, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Providence House, The Woman’s Center of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland YWCA and the CIC Celebrity Golf Classic.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic. During his years at Ballard High School, Clausen’s baseball coaches nicknamed him “Moose.” The name stuck, and he has been fondly called Moose ever since.
In 1982, Clausen joined the Mariners Front Office as Director of Sales and was part of the Mariners family until he retired in 2012. Due to his decades of service with Northwest baseball and the community, the RBI Club and Seattle Mariners named their Community Service Award for Moose in 2001.