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The Washington Nationals "Take Back The Park " Campaign & Their Blatant Disregard For Charitable Organizations


 

Don't patronize the Washington Nationals they CLEARLY are a team that has lost its heart. After months of organizing a charity event to benefit a foundation (that was created in memory of a sibling); the foundation was informed that the previously promised (and documented) group rate purchase would no longer be made available to the foundation.

Instead, the Washington Nationals launched a “Take Back The Park” bias campaign to boost their team’s egos and morale; limiting ticket purchases to local residents through March 8 (when the tickets would be released to the general public.) After viewing the press release, the foundation contacted the group sales office. We received a voicemail message the following day ensuring that the campaign wouldn't affect our event. After continued communication with the group sales executive, the foundation was informed [3 weeks later] that no exceptions were being made. They would NOT be honoring their previous commitment to the foundation.

These last minute changes will result in a significant financial loss for the foundation (a non-refundable deposit had already been made on a chartered bus for the event.) Additionally, it will generate a distrust and skepticism for the foundation when holding future events. The Washington Nationals Executive Office offered no compensation, or even an apology. Instead I received a phone call earlier today stating that they had YET AGAIN changed their minds and are extending the limit on ticket sales to local residents, through April (instead of the previous stated date of March 8.) This clearly seems to be a "play as they go, make up the rules as they go" campaign.

In trying to boost morale, you’ve failed miserably. From a business standpoint, your team is limiting its revenue and profit margin. Were the powers that be in the Washington Nationals business office blissfully absent in Business 101? You'll need that money to purchase better players. The way to boost morale is to BUILD A BETTER TEAM, not RAILROAD CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS by drawing lines in the sand WHERE THERE SHOULD BE NONE. This is all a desperate attempt to garner attention from the media and general public. Sadly, you clearly have no concept (or care) for what WE DO in trying to keep the memory of our loved one alive.

Unfortunately this foundation isn't the only one that will lose from this team's haphazard decisions and disregard; there
were apparently several others with events planned for these dates as well.


SHAME ON YOU WASHINGTON NATIONALS - IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE MLB WILL EXAMINE THIS ORDEAL CLOSELY AND MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF YOU; TO ENSURE THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS TO BE ON THE RECEIVING END OF YOUR IGNORANCE.

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