Bakersfield Raiders Booster club raises over $10,000 for local groups in need

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Raiders fans reunited after a wild start to the NFL playoffs.

But this group of fans does more than just celebrate their team’s wins and rally for their losses. They give back to the Bakersfield community to help others in need.

Over $10,000 was raised and donated to local nonprofits across Bakersfield. The Bakersfield Raiders Booster Club, a group that celebrates all things Raiders with the kicker, has been doing this for over a decade.

“We have several beneficiaries that we support,” said Joe Belmontez, president of the Bakersfield Raiders Booster Club. “The largest and our main one is the Lauren Small Children’s Center at Memorial Hospital. In 2021, we raised $10,000 for their pediatric unit.

The Booster Club has donated to other Bakersfield nonprofits like Links For Life, Ronald McDonald House and Pathway Family Services.

They raise money to donate to non-profits by holding auctions of raider merchandise, charging for corporate advertising space on their wallpaper, and hosting special fundraisers through the corporate bias. The club went above and beyond for Ronald McDonald House, here’s how.

“We have prepared meals for them at least once a month and we also help the families at least once a month with all the equipment they may need from cleaning products or toiletries and we organize a big dinner for them on Christmas for them as a group,” Belmontez mentioned.

The booster club has already started raising more funds for this year’s donations.

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