This Able Veteran

"Imo"

Many friends and family sent money to the foundation as a memorial donation to Lee Berra. In September 2017, the Berra Family Charitable Foundation used those donations to make a $25,000 contribution to This Able Veteran, a PTSD service dog organization. The money has gone towards the purchase and training of a service dog. In honor of Lee, the dog has been named Imo. Lee was a devote St. Louis foodie and always had to get his Imo's Pizza fix when he was in town.

This Able Veteran

"Swab"

In July of 2017, This Able Veteran honored Lee Berra and our family’s past support by naming one of its newest service dogs in training, SWAB, Lee’s USAF call sign. A quote from the President of TAV, “This little guy is going to help make some veteran whole again one day. A fitting tribute to a life well lived.”

St. Patrick Center

He Said/She Said Trivia
March 9, 2018

The Berra Family Foundation is a $15,000 event sponsor for the St. Patrick Center’s 3rd Annual He Said/She Said Trivia, which will be held on March 9, 2018. The funds raised at this event will advance St. Patrick Center’s mission to provide opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. St. Patrick Center helps individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability.

Boys Hope Girls Hope
of St. Louis

Season of Hope 2017 Holiday
Boutique & Luncheon
December 7, 2017

The Berra Family Charitable Foundation donated two Silver Bell Sponsorships ($2,500) to the Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis Season of Hope 2017 Holiday Boutique & Luncheon at Sunset Country Club. The fundraising proceeds from the event were dedicated to Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that “helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.”

The Mission Continues

St. Louis Commitment to Service Breakfast
November 9, 2017

The St. Louis Commitment to Service Breakfast was held at Bissinger’s Caramel Room in downtown St. Louis in honor of Veterans Day 2017 and to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the organization by now Missouri governor, Gov. Eric Greitens. Since its founding in 2007, The Mission Continues has empowered thousands of veterans to find new missions here at home. This event saluted their service and reinforced The Mission Continues commitment to building stronger communities in the St. Louis metro area and beyond.

The breakfast was attended by 250 individual supporters, foundation partners, corporate partners, distinguished veterans, and key volunteers to hear the stories of veterans who have found purpose through service during and after the military. The Berra Family Charitable Foundation was a major sponsor ($10,000) of the event. Proceeds from this event help fund The Mission Continues community support missions and programs.

Gateway Warrior Foundation

8th Annual Gateway Warrior Foundation Golf Classic
October 2, 2017

The Berra Family Charitable Foundation donated $2,500 to the 8th Annual Gateway Warrior Foundation Golf Classic held at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, MO. The proceeds of this event benefit our nation’s military veteran community. The Gateway Warrior Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the need to support the members of our military when they return home. The foundation supports our nation’s military veterans in partnership with uniquely qualified organizations that demonstrate efficacy in program and organizational responsibility.

Humane Society of Missouri

Glow in the Park
September 15, 2017

The Berra Family Charitable Foundation was a $2,500 sponsor of the 2017 Glow in the Park. The annual Balloon Glow Dinner, held under the auspices of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and benefiting the Humane Society of Missouri was held on September 15, 2017 on Art Hill in Forest Park, one of St. Louis’ true gems. All proceeds benefitted the Animal Cruelty Fund, dedicated to investigating, healing, and preventing animal abuse.

The foundation also donated $2,500 to HSMO’s Capital Campaign for their newly opened Best Buddy Center. The new Center, located at the intersection of Page Avenue and Schuetz Road, significantly expands the Humane Society of Missouri’s ability to provide second chances for the thousands of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals in the St. Louis area and provide first-class veterinary care to the public. The Center includes a bright and airy adoption center, attracting potential adopters to an inviting, interactive adoption experience, convenient access to HSMO’s world-class Animal Medical Center of Mid-America and Integrated Pain Management Center, and showcases special events, speakers and educational classes that demonstrate HSMO’s animal welfare, community, and humane education services. The most important goal of the New Best Buddy Pet Center is to expand HSMO’s ability to provide second chances for more of the thousands of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals in the St. Louis area so they can live their lives in the loving homes they deserve.

The Mission Continues

World Record Baseball Game
May 26-29, 2017

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Berra Family Foundation was a $25,000 sponsor for the World Record Baseball Game. The players broke their own 2015 Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Baseball Game. The game lasted 292 innings, 74 hours, 26 minutes, & 52 seconds, and the final score was 396-255. In addition, $100,000 was raised! The game and fundraising proceeds from the event were dedicated to The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that “empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.”

To honor Major Lee Berra’s sacrifice to our country, the players each wore a patch on their uniform sleeve with Major Berra’s initials, LMB, on it.

Lee’s wife, Sydney spoke to the players prior to the game and threw out one of the first pitches.