On November 25 prior to the Baltimore Ravens game against the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Orioles outfielder and free agent Adam Jones hosted his #StayHungry Purple Tailgate, an event to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the surrounding community, including Living Classroom Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.
Held at the Purple Tailgate lot, the sixth annual event raised more than $125,000, with several of Jones’ teammates on hand to support the initiative. Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini was one player in attendance, in addition to Donnie Hart and Joey Rickard and former Orioles players Steve Johnson and L.J. Hoes.
Last year when Jones hosted the tailgate party before Monday Night Football for the first time, the event — organized in partnership with BMORE Around Town — raised over $100,000, doubling the benefit’s $50,000 raise the previous year. Over the past six years, the #StayHungry tailgates have generated more than $300,000.
In September, Jones and his wife, Audie, also collaborated with the Orioles Charitable Foundation to grant $150,000 to six nonprofit organizations. Unsurprisingly, Jones has received considerable praise for his continued charitable efforts and off-the-field contributions. Local media voted Jones the 2018 Most Valuable Oriole. Additionally, Jones is a former Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award winner and has been nominated by baseball fans and members of the media for the Roberto Clemente Award numerous times.
The 33-year-old MLB veteran remains available on the free agent market and hopes to play another four or five years in the big leagues. Although it remains to be seen whether Jones will host a 2019 #StayHungry Purple Tailgate, his ongoing commitment to local communities in need is evidently a done deal no matter where he ends up next.