MiLB clubs help umps make 'easy call'

Online auction includes Minor League suites, ticket packages

By UMPS CARE Charities | May 7, 2012 10:57 AM ET

Sixty-three MiLB teams -- from every club and at every level -- to the UMPS CARE Charities 4th Annual Online Auction A host of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) teams joined with UMPS CARE Charities to prove that "helping people is an easy call."

Sixty-three MiLB teams -- from every club and at every level -- donated suites, luxury boxes, skyboxes, or other ticket packages to the UMPS CARE Charities 4th Annual Online Auction ( The auction is underway and runs through May 13th. UMPS CARE Charities is the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires, and the auction helps fund its year-round activities with children and teens.

"We're extremely grateful to each of the participating Minor League Baseball teams for their donations," said UMPS CARE Charities president, Gary Darling. "We can't do what we do without the support of others, and the generosity and help of the front offices of each of these teams means so much to us -- and to the kids."

Each MiLB package is available at a great discount, providing the high bidder a great way to spend a great night at the ballpark. The items are perfect for a number of occasions, including Little League team outings, small businesses rewarding employees, family reunions, or just a group of friends enjoying a baseball game. Whether it's a luxury suite for 15, a pizza party for 12, a fan dugout package for 20, or ticket vouchers for 24, you've got the makings of a memorable evening for all involved. A few packages even include the chance to throw out a first pitch.

You can check out the UMPS CARE Charities 4th Annual Online Auction at The auction runs through 8 p.m. EDT, Sunday, May 13. If you log on, you may find the perfect item for you. In addition to the suites and ticket packages, the auction includes signed sports memorabilia, MLB ticket packages and unique experiences like throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field.

UMPS CARE Charities would like to thank the following MiLB teams for their donations: Albuquerque Isotopes, Altoona Curve, Arkansas Travelers, Bakersfield Blaze, Beloit Snappers, Binghamton Mets, Birmingham Barons, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Bradenton Marauders, Brooklyn Cyclones, Buffalo Bisons, Carolina Mudcats, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Charleston RiverDogs, Charlotte Knights, Chattanooga Lookouts, Clearwater Threshers, Connecticut Tigers, Dayton Dragons, Durham Bulls, Elizabethton Twins, Erie SeaWolves, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Frederick Keys, Frisco RoughRiders, Greenville Drive, Gwinnett Braves, Harrisburg Senators, Hickory Crawdads, Hudson Valley Renegades, Indianapolis Indians, Jackson Generals, Jacksonville Suns, Jupiter Hammerheads, Kane County Cougars, Kannapolis Intimidators, Lakeland Flying Tigers, Lakewood BlueClaws, Lynchburg Hillcats, Memphis Redbirds, Mississippi Braves, Modesto Nuts, Montgomery Biscuits, Nashville Sounds, New Hampshire FisherCats, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Palm Beach Cardinals, Reno Aces, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Rochester Red Wings, Rome Braves, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, San Antonio Missions, San Jose Giants, Savannah Sand Gnats, South Bend Silver Hawks, State College Spikes, Stockton Ports, Tri-City ValleyCats, Tulsa Drillers, Vancouver Canadians, Visalia Rawhide, West Michigan Whitecaps.

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

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