First Mission Swisher a hit with participants, Tribe players — all for a good cause

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(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)

The first Mission Swisher was a success.

Nick and JoAnna Swisher held their first charity event in Cleveland on Monday at Progressive Field, with fans and local companies participating in a scavenger hunt at the ballpark, all in the name of raising money for local kids. The Swishers already have donated over $100,000 to local charities since Nick signed with the Indians in December 2012.

About 20 Indians players participated, and Jason Kipnis’ team, including Indians corporate partner Dunkin’ Donuts, found the final prize first – Indians Manager Terry Francona.

Here’s what Nick and Joanna had to say about the event before it began:

This is the first time we’ve gotten together in Cleveland and used our powers for the good. It’s a huge day for us and the Swisher Family Foundation, introducing Mission Swisher. For us, everything that we raise with this event benefits the Cleveland area and Cleveland-area kids. For Jo and I, that’s the best part about it.

The Swisher Family Foundation already has donated to a few different charities in the community (including FBI for Child ID kits and local crisis nursery Providence House) and we’re excited about our new partnership with MetroHealth, which will cover all bases and reach a lot of kids in the community.

Right from the beginning, when we were fortunate to sign here, we said we were going to be involved in the community and we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’ve been involved with charities for a long time, and together, we’re able to reach another level. Athletes, actresses are put on a certain pedestal; for us, we’re able to use that for the right reasons.

We had our daughter here, we’ve started a family here. We’re excited to start a family here and give back to a community that’s given back to us. The players too have been great, have taken their off day to be here. They’re supporting the community here as well.

Some tweets from the awesome experience:


I think this is absolutely awesome. I comment Nick and everyone who participated.
I posted this on Facebook as well, but I had to UNLIKE the Indian’s fan page because of all the idiots who can’t separate the man who Nick is off the field, from the player Nick is in the game (mostly unproductive and over-paid is the general consensus).

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