Adam Jones' annual tailgate party raises $50,000 for local Boys and Girls clubs

In its fourth year,  Adam Jones' annual benefit tailgate party raised a record amount to benefit local Boys and Girls Club of America.

This year's #StayHungry Purple Tailgate -- held prior to Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium -- earned $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.


Over the previous three years, the Orioles center fielder's event has raised a combined $30,000.

This year's event, which featured a live performance by country music duo LoCash, included food from several local restaurants such as Abbey Burger Bistro, Brewster Street BBQ, Ryleigh's Oysters, Food Market, Nobles Bar and Grill, Jimmy's Famous Seafood, Blue Agave, Dogwatch Tavern, Dangerously Delicious Pies and Texas Roadhouse in Pasadena.


Entertainment was also provided by DJ Buddha and the band Skies in Chaos. The event included a silent auction with sports memorabilia and a raffle for prizes for autographed bats, helmets and even the opportunity to be pied in the face by Jones.

Jones has long been active in the Baltimore community and has worked closely with local Boys and Girls Clubs for several years. He has also worked with MLB's Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation and the YMCA of Central Maryland.

His philanthropic work has earned him numerous honors, including the Orioles' recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award three times.

Last year, he was the winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given by the players union to a player "whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."

In 2015, Jones was also presented the Governor's Service Award by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and was received with the MLB Players Alumni Association's Brooks Robinson Community Service Award.

He is also a past winner of the Baltimore Sun Media Group's Tim Wheatley Award for community service.