Chiesi and Durham Bulls Partnerships Is Home Run For Local Charities

As season’s presenting strikeouts sponsor, Chiesi pledges to donate to three area nonprofits

With baseball season underway, Chiesi (key-A-zee), a Cary-based specialty pharmaceutical company, is partnering with the Durham Bulls for a season of fun and philanthropy as the presenting sponsor of strikeouts by the Durham Bulls.

As part of its Chiesi in the Community program, the company has pledged to donate to three area charities for every strikeout a Bulls pitcher records. Each Triangle-based nonprofit will be featured for 23 consecutive home games during the season. The recipient organizations are Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Children’s Flight of Home and Me Fine Foundation.

“Our partnership with the Durham Bulls serves as a platform to spread awareness for these organizations in our community,” said Josh Franklin, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development, Chiesi USA. “The scope of all three nonprofits is aligned with our Chiesi in the Community mission of supporting the health and well-being of members in our community. We hope that through this stadium spotlight opportunity we can showcase their incredible work and generate greater visibility of the specific needs each group meets.”

The community is invited to support the three organizations during the season. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will be the featured strikeouts recipient April 5 through May 16; Children’s Flight of Hope, May 17 through July 7 and Me Fine Foundation July 8 through September 3. At the conclusion of the season, Chiesi and the Durham Bulls will present donation checks to all three nonprofit partners.

“We’ve partnered with Chiesi for a few seasons now and look forward to that relationship each year,” shares Nick Bavin, the Bulls’ Director of Corporate Partnerships. “What stands out to us, is the true commitment Chiesi has to the community. Each year the company finds new and exciting ways to create both excitement and engagement in the area.”

Join the Durham Bulls for fun and philanthropy during the 2018 season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Single-game tickets, season memberships and group outings are available now at or by calling 919.956.BULL.

About Chiesi USA
Chiesi USA, Inc., headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercialization of products for the hospital, rare disease and target office-based specialties. Key elements of the company’s strategy are to focus its commercial and development efforts in the hospital and adjacent specialty product sector within the U.S. pharmaceutical marketplace; continue to seek opportunities to acquire companies, marketed or registration-stage products and late-stage development products that fit within the Company’s focus areas. Chiesi USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. For more information, visit

About Chiesi in the Community
Chiesi in the Community is Chiesi USA’s employee-led corporate social responsibility program. This mission of the program is to improve the health and well-being of the communities where we live and serve. CITC is comprised of four main pillars: Stakeholder Engagement; Local Sociocultural Enhancement, Therapeutic Area and Keystone Initiative. Chiesi works with many non-profits in the Triangle area focused on underserved youth. In addition to local non-profit support, the company’s Keystone Initiative is focused on local elementary schools; working with staff, parents and local partners to implement sustainable programs designed to make positive change in the overall student learning experience. On a national scale, Chiesi continues to support the efforts of groups within the therapeutic areas they serve, such as the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and cystic fibrosis nonprofits.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt Sutor for this capcom story & graphic.

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