Minor League clubs support Umps Care

Fifty-two clubs donate packages to online charity auction

Many of the MiLB packages are available at a discount and provide a great night at the ballpark.

By Minor League Baseball | May 3, 2013 8:28 AM ET

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- More than 50 Minor League Baseball™ clubs have teamed up with Major League Baseball umpires in support of UMPS CARE Charities and its 5th Annual Online Auction, which opened at 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 3 at www.mlb.com/UmpsCare.

MiLB™ teams representing every classification donated suites, luxury boxes, skyboxes and other ticket packages to the UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction, which supports the charity's youth programs that provide Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption, Build-A-Bear Workshop® experiences for hospitalized children coping with serious illnesses, college scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted as children, and financial assistance for families in need. UMPS CARE Charities is the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires.

"We are extremely grateful to each of the participating MiLB teams for their donations," said Gary Darling, current MLB umpire and President of the Board for UMPS CARE Charities. "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."

Many of the MiLB packages are available at a great discount, providing the highest bidder with a great night at the ballpark. The items are perfect for many occasions, including Little League team outings, small business outings, family reunions, or just a group of friends enjoying a baseball game. Whether it's a luxury suite for 15, a suite with all-you-can-eat barbecue, a fan dugout package for 20, or ticket vouchers for a group of 24, there are many opportunities to create a memorable evening.

In addition to the numerous Minor League Baseball experiences up for bid, there are plenty of signed baseballs, bats and gloves from Major League Baseball stars from yesterday and today, along with a number of one-of-a-kind VIP experiences like throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field before a Cubs game.

For a complete list of available auction items and to start bidding visit www.mlb.com/UmpsCare. The auction opened at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 3 and closes at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 12.

UMPS CARE Charities would like to thank the following MiLB teams for their donations: Albuquerque Isotopes, Bakersfield Blaze, Batavia Muckdogs, Binghamton Mets, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Bradenton Marauders, Brooklyn Cyclones, Carolina Mudcats, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Charleston RiverDogs, Charlotte Knights, Clinton LumberKings, Dayton Dragons, Erie SeaWolves, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Frederick Keys, Fresno Grizzlies, Frisco RoughRiders, Greenville Drive, Gwinnett Braves, Harrisburg Senators, Hickory Crawdads, Hudson Valley Renegades, Huntsville Stars, Indianapolis Indians, Jackson Generals, Jacksonville Suns, Kannapolis Intimidators, Lakeland Flying Tigers, Lansing Lugnuts, Lexington Legends, Lowell Spinners, Lynchburg Hillcats, Memphis Redbirds, Mississippi Braves, Modesto Nuts, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, New Orleans Zephyrs, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Omaha Storm Chasers, Palm Beach Cardinals, Quad Cities River Bandits, Reno Aces, Rochester Red Wings, Sacramento River Cats, Salem Red Sox, San Antonio Missions, Stockton Ports, Vermont Lake Monsters, West Michigan Whitecaps, Williamsport Crosscutters, and Winston-Salem Dash.

UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth and families in need. Through its youth-based programs, professional baseball umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable baseball experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising awareness for foster care children waiting to be adopted. UMPS CARE Charities provides benefactors with "Major League" support by remaining true to its established creed, "Helping People is an Easy Call." For more information go to www.UmpsCare.com.

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