OAKLAND — Military veterans were treated to an afternoon of Oakland A’s baseball this past weekend as PG&E continued its sponsorship of the team’s “A it Forward” program that provides community members with free tickets and other surprises.
On Sunday (Aug. 4), 89 veterans, staff and family affiliated with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System attended the A’s game against the Texas Rangers. Among them were 56 veterans, including three who raised an American flag and two A’s flags in left field during the National Anthem.
PG&E call center employees Alicia Santiago and Brent Ostrander, members of the company’s employee resource group dedicated to veterans’ issues, greeted the contingent and handed them PG&E-Oakland A’s drawstring backpacks.
“It was an honor to thank them for all they’ve done for us,” said Santiago, who is based in Stockton and assists customers with billing issues.
The event was the latest in a season-long promotion to surprise community members with free tickets, mascot visits and ceremonial first pitches. In all, 1,000 tickets will be distributed this season thanks to PG&E.
Earlier this season, a young fan affiliated with the Davis Street Family Center, which offers resources to low-income families in San Leandro, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
And before another game, students with Stiles Hall in Berkeley, a nonprofit that helps low-income inner-city youth remain in school, were surprised with an on-field visit.