The New York Mets celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night presented by Hijole! and Roberto Clemente Day on Friday, September 15 at Citi Field.
Earlier this year, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation funded a $30,000 grant to Thrive Collective, a New York based non-profit whose mission is to create hope and opportunity through arts, sports and mentoring in and around public schools. Thrive’s core programs – Murals, Music, Media, Mentors and Sports – connect artists, youth workers and volunteers with local schools as teaching artists, art directors, coaches and mentors. The Mets were excited to collaborate with Thrive and host artist Maria “Toofly” Castillo to create a public arts mural with our fans at Citi Field. Castillo was raised in Corona, Queens after arriving with her family from Ecuador and was honored to return to Queens for this special fan engagement.
As part of the Mets Community Hero Program, the Mets recognized staff from the Tacombi Foundation during a special pregame ceremony as the night’s Community Hero. The Tacombi Foundation distributes wholesome Mexican meals through their Community Kitchen Program and has distributed over 800,000 meals to people in need since 2020. They work with over 40 community partners to provide more than 9,000 meals every week. To support their efforts, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation has also awarded them a $25,000 grant.