Houstonian wins $18K for his charity of choice

August 19, 2011 11:44:04 AM PDT
A local man's participation in an online charitable game has landed an $18,000 windfall for a youth sports program.

State Farm and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced Brian Tapley of Houston has been selected as the fourth weekly winner in the State Farm Go To Bat program.

Tapley selected After-School All-Stars, an organization focused on providing school-based after-school and summer programs for low-income, at-risk youth. As part of his prize, Tapley helped award $18,000 to After-School All-Stars.

Tapley's selected charity, the After-School All-Stars, received its second weekly $18,000 donation. In addition, Tapley will be awarded a trip for two to games 3 and 4 of the 2011 MLB World Series and will participate in an on-field ceremony showcasing the cumulative impact of the program.

"I can't thank State Farm enough for their generosity and commitment to helping a great organization like After-School All-Stars," said Tapley. "Not to mention, as a baseball fan, the opportunity to attend the World Series is the ultimate dream. I couldn't be more excited."

Baseball fans can still enter and go to bat for their favorite causes by visiting www.statefarm.com/gotobat. Fans can select one of the charities on the website that means the most to them, then swing for the fences in the State Farm Go To Bat game to increase the batting average of their selected charity. The Go To Bat program concludes on September 26.

"The Go To Bat program is a great example of our mission to helping causes and individuals get to a better state," said Houston State Farm agent Brandon Herndon. "We're delighted that this week's winner will have the chance to personally experience the 2011 World Series while at the same time, helping an organization like After-School All-Stars that he's passionate about."

Fans can also increase both their and their charity's chances of winning by returning to www.statefarm.com/gotobat and they can share their participation on Facebook to get an additional home run and challenge their friends to "Go To Bat" for something that is important to them.

In addition to the weekly donations, State Farm also will present a $25,000 donation to the charity that finishes the promotional campaign with the highest Go To Bat game batting average.

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