IronPigs fans can now bid on their favorite player's jerseys from anywhere with the brand-new and easy-to-use Qtego service that allows fans to place bids, receive notifications when outbid and check the status of their item via text messages on their mobile phones. Fans without texting access can even call in their bid after registering their phone at Coca-Cola Park.
Qtego will be used for each of the club's six jersey auctions benefiting local charities this season, including Sunday's "A League of their Own" throwback jersey auction benefiting the Women's 5K Classic. The proceeds support all women's cancers and all of the money raised remains in the Lehigh Valley region. The Women's 5K Classic is celebrating their 20th anniversary and has donated 1.8-million dollars through their annual race.
Register your phone from anywhere in the U.S. by texting "Pigs" to 79230. The bidding is now underway and ends promptly at the end of 7th inning on Sunday, May 20. Detailed instructions on how to place your bid are available here.
As in years past, winning bidders will have the opportunity to go on the field immediately following the game to have their jersey autographed. Bidders not in attendance at Coca-Cola Park can either pick up their signed jersey at a later date or have it mailed directly to them.
In addition to Sunday's throwback jersey auction, five other auctions are planned for the 2012 season, as detailed below. All proceeds are evenly split between IronPigs Charities and the benefactor's listed below.
- Miracle League jersey auction (Monday, June 4) with proceeds benefitting the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley was founded in 2006, dedicated to providing children with special needs and other developmental disabilities an opportunity to play baseball.
- Create-a-Jersey auction (Sunday, June 17) with proceeds benefitting Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Communities In Schools (CIS) is dedicated to empowering kids to stay in school and achieve in life. Just as there are many issues that contribute to students dropping out, they proudly offer a multitude of solutions driven by the CIS model and integrated service approach.
- Camouflage jersey auction (Wednesday, July 4) with proceeds benefitting the Keystone Wounded Warriors. Keystone Wounded Warriors is a Eastern Pennsylvania based 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation that seeks to honor the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, but specifically those wounded on or after September 11, 2001. Keystone Wounded Warriors aids Wounded Warriors by raising public awareness and seeking the public's support for programs and services that assist Wounded Warriors. Funds donated to Keystone Wounded Warriors are used to support local post-9/11 veterans and their families located in or with ties to Pennsylvania.
- Christmas in July jersey auction (Wednesday, July 25) with proceeds benefitting Dream Come True. Dream Come True's mission is to promote and enrich the lives of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill. They offer children with life threatening illnesses the chance to hope, dream and live their fantasies.
- What Could Have Been - Lehigh Valley Woodchucks jersey auction (Saturday, August 11) with proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. PCFLV is a local nonprofit organization which supports children with cancer and their families, enabling them to live their lives to the fullest. They focus on quality of life and long-term survivorship programs, educational and therapeutic based workshops, resources and support services, including a support group run by a professional facilitator from Stepping Forward.
For more information about Qtego and its services, visit QtegoAuction.com.
The 2012 jersey auctions at Coca-Cola Park are organized by IronPigs Charities, a non-profit organization striving to provide educational and recreational opportunities for children in the Greater Lehigh Valley area. Since its inception in 2007, IronPigs Charities has made more than $435,000 in monetary contributions - including more than $110,000 in 2011.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are dedicated to providing family-friendly entertainment and are the only Minor League team to offer bubbles to fans entering the AT&T Plaza and balloons for all children exiting Coca-Cola Park.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.