Last year on July 19, 2013, we wrote about the Tampa Bay Rays' Guardian ad Litem Night and the naming of Rays first baseman James Loney and his wife Nadia as honorary guardians ad litem.
The Loneys had established a partnership with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay supporting the Sixth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. Since that night, the Loneys have been very busy advocating for the those programs and Florida's children, even appearing in several public service announcements on television.
In a follow-up to the 2013 event, the Rays once again hosted the Guardian ad Litem Foundation on Sunday, August 3, 2014. As the Loneys were honored for their efforts as honorary guardians ad litem, they surprised Executive Director Alan Abramowitz with a $70,000 check for the Foundation.
You can see a photograph of the big surprise and read Abramowitz's press release below.
GAL Program thanks Tampa Bay Rays Organization for GAL Day at Tropicana and for a $70,000 donation to GAL Foundation of Tampa Bay
by Alan Abramowitz
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
James and Nadia Loney were honored as an "Honorary Guardian ad Litem" on Sunday, August 3, 2014. James and his wife Nadia are featured in public service announcements to recruit volunteer guardians to advocate for children and Nadia has been very involved with the Program this past year.
"Each day, GAL volunteers help shape the future and create hope for the children of Florida who have been abused and neglected. Their work is a pursuit of the heart. There are many people in the community who work tirelessly for Florida's children; James and Nadia's work for children is also a pursuit of the heart. The Guardian ad Litem Program recognizes James and Nadia as an Honorary Guardian ad Litem with gratitude for their contribution to children," stated Executive Director, Alan Abramowitz.
In a surprise pre-game ceremony, Rays first baseman James Loney and his wife Nadia presented a check for $70,000 to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. The funds have been awarded by the Rays Baseball Foundation through the Loneys' yearly contribution to the Rays official charity.
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provides financial assistance to the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. Guardian ad Litem is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff who provide a powerful voice on behalf of abused and neglected children. The state now has over 10,000 volunteers with over 9,200 whom give abused and neglected children a voice.
The $70,000 donation is the largest ever received by the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
"The Guardian ad Litem Foundation is so thankful to James and Nadia Loney and the Rays for all they do to help abused children who have been removed from their homes," said Sue Neville, Master Guardian ad Litem and Interim Board President of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. "This generous gift from the Loneys will help us to meet their social, emotional, educational and health needs."
Since joining the Rays in 2013, the Loneys have been supporters of Guardian ad Litem. "It's great for everybody," said James Loney. "Nadia was very involved in the Program last year and saw firsthand what they really needed. I hope that this will make a real impact on the organization."
For additional information about Florida's Guardian ad Litem Program, visit www.guardianadlitem.org.