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Cleveland Indian Nick Swisher’s Foundation to Present Providence House with Major Gift on Opening Day at Progressive Field

Posted May 01, 2013 in Press Releases

First Baseman joins forces with local crisis nursery to fight child abuse and neglect

CLEVELAND—The Cleveland Indians won’t be the only team fighting for Cleveland when they step on the field for opening day. Providence House, a local crisis nursery that protects children from abuse and neglect, will join Cleveland Indians’ First Baseman Nick Swisher prior to the opening pitch to accept a major gift of $75,000 from his foundation, Swish’s Wishes.

“Providence House is thrilled to receive this incredibly generous gift from Nick and his foundation,” said Natalie Leek-Nelson, Providence House CEO and President. “Nick is both an amazing player and person who shares our passion for helping children in crisis, and his gift will change the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children. We are excited to be part of Opening Day as we join the fans in welcoming Nick to Cleveland and accept his foundation’s incredible support.”

An advocate for children, Nick Swisher’s Foundation "Swish's Wishes" is a nonprofit organization designed to help all children in need with vital medical care, education and recreational activities and other essential programs that will make a difference in a child's life, while also helping to raise self-esteem to create a bright future for children.

The timing of Swisher’s gift is appropriate, as April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Providence House is making its annual push to raise awareness of the issue through its Every Child campaign.

For more information about Providence House, visit

For more information about Swishes Wishes, visit:

For more information about the event, please contact Anne Keegan at the Cleveland Indians at 216-420- 4432.

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About Providence House:
Providence House – Ohio’s first Crisis Nursery - has cared for over 6,500 families and children in crisis, living for days, weeks, or years without the support they need to help get them back on their feet. To provide the support so desperately needed by these children and their caregivers, Providence House has built a holistic, integrated program focused on both child abuse prevention and family preservation. Their unique Crisis Nursery Program is a comprehensive, crisis nursery service based on 32 years of experience, the latest child welfare research, and proven evidence-based programs and practices that can help prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce system involvement and foster care placements, and strengthen fragile families. Visit for more information.

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