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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones' tailgate benefit raises record amount for local Boys & Girls Clubs

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones’ annual tailgate party, held Monday before the Ravens’ game against the visiting Houston Texans, continues to outdo itself.

In each of the past five years, Jones has hosted the #StayHungry Purple Tailgate before a Ravens home game to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. The event, which was organized with BMORE Around Town, includes several local restaurant vendors, a charity auction and live performances by local bands. For the second straight year, country duo LoCash headlined the event.

This year’s event, the first time the tailgate party was held before a “Monday Night Football” game, raised more than $100,000 for the local Boys & Girls Clubs, doubling the $50,000 the benefit netted last year. Over five years, the tailgate has raised roughly $180,000.

Jones has been extremely involved with the foundation over his time in Baltimore, including helping to renovate four city locations. In April, Jones and his wife, Audie, along with the Orioles Charitable Foundation, jointly donated $75,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. The donation included $65,000 to renovate the gymnasium of the O’Donnell Heights club and $10,000 to fund Youth of the Year scholarship awards.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been a cause long close to Jones’ heart. Growing up in San Diego, Jones was a member of the Encanto location.

He has been honored frequently for his philanthropic work, including receiving the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award from baseball’s players’ union, the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and the Governor’s Service Award from Gov. Larry Hogan, all in 2015.

Jones, the Orioles’ longest-tenured active player, is under contract for just one more year and is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season.

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