The special event at this year's California-Nevada Annual Conference Session brought the crowd from its seats – literally. On Thursday, June 21, conference-goers left the Sacramento Convention Center, where the majority of the business of ACS took place, and headed for Raley Field to watch the "home team" – the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A baseball) – deliver a convincing win against the Grizzlies of Fresno. (The Cats blanked the Grizzlies by a score of 6-0, and in so doing moved to first place, a half-game ahead of Fresno, in their division.)
But it was a win against malaria that Cal-Nevadans really were after. A portion of each ticket to the game sold through a special online link was set aside as a donation to Imagine No Malaria, and the final tally now is in: United Methodists purchased 342 tickets – resulting in a contribution of $2,125 to INM!
Bishop Brown threw out the first pitch at the game and was interviewed about the cause at the Conference's Imagine No Malaria booth, where members of the youth and young adult delegations to ACS handed out fly swatters, wrist bands, and leaflets – and gave INM T-shirts to anyone who made a $10 contribution through text-messaging (which brought in $190). To further raise awareness about the importance of the cause, the River Cats organization played a public service announcement for Imagine No Malaria on the stadium's giant screens.
The fundraiser at Raley Field augmented the Annual Conference Offering, also designated for Imagine No Malaria, which itself totaled approximately $25,000. The youth and young adults passed the offering plate at District Dinners on Friday, too.
As a result of all these efforts during ACS, Cal-Nevada was able to contribute a grand total of $34,458.54 for Imagine No Malaria!