Star Wars Jerseys Raise Nearly $20,000 for Charity

May the Fourth Event Yields Big Donation For Autism Society and Fourth Largest DBAP Crowd

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By Durham Bulls | May 6, 2014 4:16 PM ET

The Durham Bulls are pleased to announce proceeds from the auction of their celebrated R2-D2 themed Star Wars jerseys raised $19,820 for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The jerseys, which garnered praise from national media outlets including ESPN and NBC Sports, were made available online and during an in-game auction this past Sunday. After the results were tallied, the game-worn jerseys from Star Wars Night on May the Fourth pulled in $19,820 for the Autism Society of North Carolina. The highest yielding jersey belonged to Wool E. Bull, as the beloved mascot's uniform top netted $2,500 for the cause.

Star Wars Night also generated the fourth largest paid attendance in Durham Bulls Athletic Park history, as the team sold 11,507 tickets for the highly anticipated theme night.

"The force was definitely strong with Bulls fans this weekend," said General Manager Mike Birling. "Star Wars Night was an event to remember for many reasons. The crowd and entertainment were tremendous, but nothing was as important as the money and awareness raised to fight a disorder that too many families face."

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

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