Shorebirds Present Donation to VFW

July 4 Jersey Auction Raises Over $5,000 for Military Assistance Program

Pictured Left to Right: Tom Kimball (Veteran's & Family Support), Jeff Merritt (Founder of Operation We Care), Sherman (Shorebirds Mascot), Jimmy Sweet (Shorebirds Assistant General Manager) ( )

By Bobby Coon / Delmarva Shorebirds | July 25, 2017 9:30 AM

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds are proud to announce the results from their July 4 jersey auction to benefit the VFW's Military Assistance Program and Operation We Care, as the team presented a check for $5,258.02 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

"We made sure to include this great cause in our celebration of Independence Day along with fireworks on one of our biggest crowds of the year," Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters said. "We were very excited and proud to see the generosity and support our fans showed through this auction of our specialty Patriotic jerseys."

The jerseys, which were specially made for the game that night, resembled an American flag waving in the wind, while featuring the emblems of all five military branches on the back above the numbers. A silent auction for the game-worn jerseys was held during the game, with Shorebirds players and coaches presenting them to winning bidders.

Delmarva has more special jersey nights scheduled in 2017, including a Christmas In July jersey night on July 29, a Maryland Pride Thursday jersey auction on August 24, and an Orange Friday jersey auction on September 1. All three auctions will benefit the Shorebirds' Fly Together Fund.

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The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 
7th Inning Stretch, LLC, the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.

The Shorebirds celebrated their 20th season in 2015, and have entertained over five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in 1996. The team has captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000 while successfully hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.

For more information on the Shorebirds, call 410-219-3112 or visit

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

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