DEARBORN, Mich., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Carhartt, America's premium workwear brand since 1889, has partnered with pitcher Madison Bumgarner for the 2016 baseball season to help transitioning active-duty military service members find meaningful careers in the trades. Carhartt will donate $500 for every strikeout that Bumgarner records during the regular season with all proceeds going to Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit program that helps military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the building and trade industry.
Bumgarner ranked fourth in his league last season with a career best 234 strikeouts, which would translate to a total of $117,000. Carhartt did not set a cap for this campaign and will donate the full amount earned.
"I have a deep appreciation for all the men and women who serve in the armed forces and sacrifice each day so that we can live in a safe and free country," said Bumgarner. "I am honored to partner with Carhartt in support of Helmets to Hardhats."
"As a company that builds durable product for hardworking people, Carhartt is honored to support a group that connects service members with skilled training and construction careers," said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt. "As a rancher, Madison knows what it takes to get things done, and is one of the hardest working players in the game today. We hope he sets a new strikeout record and raises a substantial amount of money for military service members."
Carhartt became a proud supporter of Helmets to Hardhats in 2014. Carhartt's "Made In The USA" products feature tags that promote awareness for Helmets to Hardhats, and Carhartt has pledged to donate funds annually to Helmets to Hardhats, regardless of sales.
"After serving our country, the last thing our brave soldiers should have to worry about is finding a job. Helmets to Hardhats has successfully placed over 20,000 veterans into quality careers in the past 13 years," said Darrell Roberts, executive director, Helmets to Hardhats. "It takes nearly $1,000 for one veteran to successfully complete the program so we are very thankful to organizations like Carhartt that help us raise funds. We are looking forward to celebrating Madison's strikeouts all season long."
About Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats works closely with over 15 trade unions and 10 associations and corporations to source job openings and training for candidates. Once workers become a member in a building and construction trade or as a management employee and they work hard, they are entitled to a future with high pay, great medical insurance and one of the best pension plans in the nation. To learn more about Helmets to Hardhats, please visit www.helmetstohardhats.org.
About Carhartt, Inc
Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing durable products for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with approximately 5,400 associates worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company's founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.
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