Touch ‘Em All Raises $3 Million

With the help of professional baseball players and corporate sponsors, Garth Brooks’ Touch ’Em All Foundation donated $3 million to children’s charities last year. Grants were handed out to 88 charities in 15 states and seven countries. Speaking Sunday (Jan. 21) at a press conference in Las Vegas, Brooks said the foundation’s success has surprised him. “This thing has gotten so much bigger than any of us imagined,” he said of the project, which he started in 1999. “I am so proud of how America’s favorite pastime is changing the world.” Funds were raised through donations from 135 pro baseball players, who contributed a predetermined sum based on how many home runs, base hits, stolen bases and strike-outs they racked up. Other celebrities and corporate sponsors matched their donations.