The Seattle Mariners will donate a portion of the proceeds from all concessions sales at Safeco Field during the month of September to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County.
The donation is in response to an animal cruelty incident involving Des Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, the corporation that handles concessions operations at Safeco Field and hundreds of other venues in the United States and around the world.
"The Mariners deplore animal cruelty, and as the owner of two dogs, I was personally offended by what he did. In support of all those who are outraged at his behavior, we are pledging a portion of the proceeds from the sales at Safeco Field concession stands during games in September to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County in the hope that something positive can come of this incident," said Kevin Mather, Mariners President and COO.
The Centerplate Board of Directors announced yesterday that it has taken action to censure and penalize Hague for his behavior. As a condition of his continued employment, Hague was ordered to make a personal donation of $100,000 to create a foundation, in honor of the dog that was mistreated, to support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver, B.C., where the incident occurred. Hague was also placed on indefinite probation and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service in support of an organization that protects animal welfare.
"Mr. Hague is taking personal responsibility for his actions and is beginning to make amends for his behavior. As offensive as his actions were, we think it is important to make a distinction between what one individual did and the hundreds of dedicated Centerplate employees who serve our fans at Safeco Field," said Mather.
The statement from the Centerplate Board of Directors is available at this link.