Vineyard family donates $25,000 to Friends of Newton County Miracle League

COVINGTON, Ga. – In an effort to help kick off the fundraising campaign to host the 2024 National Miracle League All-Star Weekend, the Vineyard Family Foundation recently donated $25,000 to the Friends of Newton County Miracle League.

During several government town hall meetings in January, Newton Parks & Recreation Director Dwayne Mask and others associated with the Miracle League Club of Newton County announced that the county was planning to host the weekend. end of National Miracle League stars in 2024.

The Miracle League Association is a non-profit organization that provides athletes with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. The league was founded in the late 1990s in Conyers.

In order to host the three-day All-Star event, Mask said more than $150,000 was needed, which would be raised primarily through donations.

Mask told the board of commissioners on Jan. 18 that a donation had already been received, and it was from the Vineyard Family Foundation in the amount of $25,000.

Bruce Vineyard Jr., trustee and leader of the Vineyard Family Foundation, said he hopes the donation will serve as a “clarion call” for other businesses and organizations in the community.

“The Foundation’s benefactors believe in the mission of the Miracle League and hope that the Foundation’s initial donation will serve as a call to the rest of Newton County,” he said. “Together, we can provide a unique experience for children with disabilities who, without the Miracle League, would be limited to watching a baseball game from the bleachers.

“The Miracle League gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. And the All-Stars are everyone’s ultimate opportunity. Hosting the Miracle League All Stars would reinforce Newton County’s image as a home environment and further underscore its spirit of collective generosity. Won’t you help us give these very special children an even more special experience? »

The Vineyard Family Foundation’s donation to the Miracle League in December was one of many donations to Newton County and Rockdale County nonprofits whose advocacy involves children.

The Vineyard Family Foundation was founded decades ago to provide financial assistance to organizations whose nonprofit missions focus on the health, education, and well-being of children and their families.

The Vineyard family moved to Rockdale County in 1974, where they opened their first McDonald’s restaurant in Conyers. The family opened a location in Covington two years later. The family’s franchise business grew in Newton and Rockdale, and later expanded to DeKalb, Henry, Gwinnett, Walton and Morgan counties.

The foundation’s primary benefactor, Bruce P. Vineyard Sr., has been affiliated with McDonald’s for 64 years, and the foundation’s principles and mission embody his belief in active community involvement.

Past recipients of Mr. Vineyard’s charity work include Ronald McDonald House Charities of Atlanta, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Local donation recipients have included the AR (Gus) Barksdale Boys & Girls Club of Rockdale County; the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association; Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.; and Friends of Newton County Miracle League, Inc.

The Vineyard Family Foundation accepts grant applications from all nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support children and their families. Visit to learn more.

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