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Sounds, MiLB Charities partner
11/26/2012 12:31 PM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ Charities and the Nashville Sounds Foundation have combined their efforts to decorate a holiday tree with auction items at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., which is also the site of next week's Baseball Winter Meetings™.

Items on the tree include Sounds' hats, card sets, bobbleheads and ticket packages, a baseball bat and baseball autographed by the 2012 Nashville club, a player-worn Sounds' jersey, a 10-person skybox for a Nashville game next season and a supply of Rawlings Sporting Goods equipment suitable for a youth or amateur team.

Bids can be placed on the tree online at or at Gaylord Opryland in the Hall of Trees, located in Holly Jolly Town Square, in the Ryman B Exhibit Hall. The auction runs until 5 p.m. CST on Dec. 24. Proceeds from the sale of the tree will benefit MiLB™ Charities and the Nashville Sounds Foundation.

"We are always looking at ways where we can work with our leagues and clubs on initiatives that will benefit their communities," said assistant director of business development, Jill Dedene, who manages the day-to-day operations of Minor League Baseball Charities. "The tie-in with our annual convention being held at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville will enable baseball executives and attendees of the Baseball Winter Meetings the opportunity to view the auction items on-site and participate in this charitable endeavor."

"The Nashville Sounds are proud to continue the Gaylord Opryland Hall of Trees tradition for a third season," said Brad Tammen, Sounds vice-president & general manager. "As the Baseball Winter Meetings will be held in Nashville next week, we are excited to have Minor League Baseball partner with us in this Music City holiday tradition. The baseball-themed holiday tree will benefit the community throughout the work of MiLB Charities and the Nashville Sounds Foundation."

About MiLB Charities
Minor League Baseball Charities is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving back to, and enhancing, the communities its teams call home. Through donations and support it receives from fans, teams and partners, MiLB Charities is able to contribute to local organizations in times of need, and support causes that are important to its extended baseball family. Minor League Baseball Charities is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

The mission of Minor League Baseball Charities is to give back and to enhance communities that have supported its member clubs for more than 100 years. When hardship strikes one of its member cities and surrounding communities, MiLB Charities will be there to provide a positive example that will impact the communities in which its leagues and clubs live and work. Minor League Baseball Charities will set an example by working with established charities for the greater good, and by identifying worthy causes for support through the central office along with the aid of its member clubs.

About Nashville Sounds Foundation
The Nashville Sounds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that primarily directs support to disadvantaged youth, development and educational programs, youth baseball programs, and medical research organizations. Preference is given to organizations and requests that address one or more of these areas of focus.

The Foundation is funded through monetary donations from Sounds operations, private donations, grant organizations, memorabilia auctions and in-game custom public address announcements.

The Foundation is heavily funded by sponsors and fan participation related to our Reading Club, which reaches more than 87,000 children in more than 300 schools in the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky region.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.