June 16, 2020
The Washington Nationals unveiled their 2019 World Series championship rings during a virtual celebration on Sunday, May 24, the first virtual championship ring ceremony in MLB history. The show featured appearances from several members of the 2019 World Series championship team, Nationals ownership, and notable DMV personalities.
Not only did the virtual ring ceremony give Nationals fans a chance to celebrate the 2019 World Series champions, but provided Nationals fans with an opportunity to come together in support of those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated one in ten people in the Washington, D.C. region do not know where their next meal will come from. Leading up to and during the ceremony, fans were invited to donate to the NATS4GOOD Community Response Fund which would be passed along in full to two hunger relief partners.
Nationals Philanthropies raised over $118,000 issued in two grants to World Central Kitchen and Capital Area Food Bank in support of each organization’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts.
World Central Kitchen
Since March, Jose Andres and the WCK Relief Team have worked tirelessly to identify and provide to the most vulnerable communities at risk of going hungry. To date, their team has helped over 2,000 restaurants keep the lights on as well as served over 10 million fresh meals to students, families in need, seniors and frontline healthcare heroes. Over 500,000 of those meals have been served right out of the kitchens at Nationals Park to our neighbors in need, bringing together dozens of volunteers eager to join the mission and use the power of food to heal and strengthen communities.
“Working together with the entire Nationals organization throughout this crisis has enabled World Central Kitchen at Nats Park to cook more than half a million nourishing meals for our neighbors in need, and also brought together dozens of volunteer Washingtonians who wanted to join the mission” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “We are honored and grateful that Nationals Philanthropies also used its Virtual Ring Ceremony to support our work to use the power of food to heal and strengthen communities.”