The fifth annual Glendale Dodger Night was held on Thursday at Dodger Stadium and brought together the Glendale community to support Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation.
The Los Angeles Dodgers took on the New York Mets and won the game 5-0. Before the game started, a small ceremony was held on the field where the Community of Glendale and the committee of Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation was honored.
The man leading this event is Shant Sahakian, president of the foundation, chairman of the Glendale Dodger Night committee and a Glendale Community College alumnus.
Not reaching their goal of 1,000 Glendale attendees this year, Sahakian says they plan to host the event on Friday nights in the future. This year there were 500 members of the Glendale community in the crowd, compared to 800 in 2014.
“I think we are going to go back to Friday nights with fireworks moving forward,” Sahakian said. “We have had Glendale a Dodger Night on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday now and our best attendance numbers has been Friday nights.”
Sahakian has been involved in this event since the start five years ago when the Dodgers contacted the City of Glendale and proposed a partnership between the two. The city then partnered with the foundation who created a committee and Glendale Dodger Night was born.
The Dodgers gave the committee tickets at discounted price for group sales which they sold to Glendalians in hopes of bringing people together while benefitting the foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to keep parks and open spaces in the community clean and maintained for the public to use.