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Naturals to Raise Money for Tornado Relief at Arvest Ballpark

Team puts programs in place over Memorial Day weekend to help tornado victims in Arkansas
May 22, 2014

SPRINGDALE, AR - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are teaming up to help the Salvation Army Northwest Arkansas Area Command as they assist with the recovery efforts after devastating tornadoes hit Central and North Central Arkansas in late April.

This Memorial Day weekend, the Naturals will do our Launch-A-Ball Fundraiser - normally done after each Friday home game - following the Post-Game Fireworks Spectacular on both Friday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 25th. Fans can purchase Launch-A-Balls for $1 at each game, and then try and hit targets on the field after the game to win prizes from the Naturals. In addition, 100% of the proceeds will be given to the Salvation Army Northwest Arkansas Area Command to help tornado victims in Arkansas.

On Saturday, May 24th, the Naturals will hold a memorabilia auction behind Section 109 on the concourse that will feature signed memorabilia from the Naturals, the Kansas City Royals, and other Minor and Major League organizations. Like with Launch-A-Ball, 100% of the auction proceeds will go to tornado relief efforts and the Salvation Army.

Items that will be up for auction on Saturday night include a Vance Wilson Jersey, a Wil Myers Jersey, a Brian Poldberg Kansas City Royals Jersey, a Frank White autographed Wichita Wranglers Jersey, a 2008 Naturals' team autographed jersey, along with a wide array of autographed baseballs, and other items collected over the past few weeks. The auction will end in the middle of the 6th inning. 

"Our hearts go out to those affected by this devastating weather," said Justin Cole, Naturals General Manager. "The needs of these areas will go on for a long time, and we wanted to do our part to continue to raise funds and awareness for their recovery."

This weekend the Naturals host the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres, on Friday, May 23rd with first pitch slated for 7:05pm. The Naturals will then host the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros, on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th with both games scheduled to begin at 6:05pm.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and