Last night, Brian Reitz, the corporate human resources manager at CLEAN, threw out the first pitch at the Cardinal’s game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis! It was American Heart Association Night at the Ballpark, and Brian and CLEAN were being recognized for their fundraising efforts during the Metro St. Louis Heart Walk in the spring.
Back in May, CLEAN raised over $13,000 during the Heart Walk as part of the Executives with Heart Campaign. CLEAN has done fundraising for the American Heart Association for years, and all employees participate.
In total, Executives with Heart raised over $167,000 and the Heart Walk raised more than $1,574,000, beating the $1.5 million goal.
As part of the spring fundraising campaign, Brian won the chance to throw out the first pitch on behalf of CLEAN.
“It was really cool,” Brian said. “When they announced my name, they put me up on the big screen for everyone to see. Then they had me on the screen for the entire pitch, that part was a little nerve wracking.”
“I had a little fun with it and picked up the rosin bag behind the mound and put on my hands,” he said. “Adron Chambers caught my pitch, signed the ball and took a picture with me.”
Cardinals baseball is an important tradition in St. Louis, and with the CLEAN St. Louis facility located just down the street from Busch Stadium, this was an exciting opportunity! CLEAN remains dedicated to helping the communities they serve—both large and small—through charity fundraising, workplace safety programs, and by keeping it green.
Last night’s game was the last of a 4-game set against the Dodgers. Unfortunately, it ended in a 5-1 loss for the Cardinals, but CLEAN still celebrated its win for the American Heart Association!
Check out some more pictures of the event below: