Don Mattingly returns to Evansville for ‘Find a Way’ charity event

Don Mattingly returns to Evansville for ‘Find a Way’ charity event
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 3:27 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 7:28 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville native Don Mattingly was back in the Tri-State for the sixth annual “Find a Way’ charity event on Thursday.

Founded in 2007, Mattingly Charities was started by Don and Lori Mattingly to give back to the community, and more specifically underserved youth.

Don told 14 News in November that when he and Lori started fundraising, they would be happy if they were able to help one child. Now years later, Mattingly Charities has awarded over $700,000 in community grants and donations to Evansville-based organizations since 2015.

Thursday’s fundraiser featured country music artists such as Mitchell Tenpenny, Ryan Hurd and Jeffery Steele.

Mattingly picked Sirius XM Radio Host of “The Highway” to host the event.

“I get a call from a friend of Don Mattingly’s, he says Don Mattingly would like your phone number can he call you? I was like wait, Donnie baseball?” Storme Warren said. “When you have a heart like Don Mattingly’s, how can the event go wrong?”

The event was put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, so organizers say they were excited to re-engage the community.

“We have a couple of different things going on,” Mattingly Charities Executive Director Becky Sandgren said. “First and foremost, we’re doing a special appeal to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home, so all of the money raised for that appeal will go right to Habitat for Humanity. The balance of the funds raised will go right back out into the community.”

Mattingly Charities partnered with the William E. Schmidt Foundation. Both organizations matched every dollar donated, up to $25,000 to help reach their goal of $80,000.

On Wednesday, the big news that came out from Major League Baseball was that Mattingly will be the new bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.