Pelicans to host drive for Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund

Club will hold online, live auctions from May 29-June 3 to provide support to East Texas region

By Scott Kornberg / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | May 16, 2017 2:06 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 16, 2017) - In a drive to provide support to the people affected by the East Texas tornadoes in late April, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will hold a pair of auctions for the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund. The club will run an online auction from May 29 through June 3, while a silent auction will be held from May 31 through June 3 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Several deadly tornadoes touched down near Canton, Texas on April 29, killing four people, leaving dozens injured and laying waste damage and destruction throughout the East Texas region. The Pelicans' effort to lend a hand to the relief fund is spurred by assistant coach Ty Wright, who grew up in Tyler, Texas, a roughly 40-minute ride from Canton.

"I saw pictures on Facebook and people that I know, their extended family, that I know they love and care about, were definitely affected," Wright said. "The pictures affected me enough. I saw a before and after picture of houses, and then the after picture was just the wood frame on the ground. It was just unbelievable to see some of that stuff. That's what really got me in the mindset of wanting to do something to help people out in the greater East Texas area."

As part of the auctions, fans will have the opportunity to bid on signed baseball, bats, photos and other memorabilia from both current and former Chicago Cubs like Anthony Rizzo , Kris Bryant and Ryne Sandberg. Former Myrtle Beach Pelicans like Jason Heyward , Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo will also be featured amongst the items, as well as other signed items from current and former major leaguers. 

"I reached out to people who are dedicated a lot of time right now to their baseball club and their job, which takes up a lot of their time, and just to take a couple simple minutes out and get some stuff sent out down here to Myrtle Beach has been a tremendous help towards the cause," said Wright. "Everybody is always wanting to help and get on board with that. It's been a very positive reaction from players, family and people that are kind of starting to hear about what we're going to do here in the next couple of weeks."

Items from the online auction can be bid on at www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Auctions. The club's ballpark auction will be on the concourse on the first base side of the facility. All proceeds will go to the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund.

"You always want to help out," Wright said. "Obviously, being in Myrtle Beach, coaching and doing the stuff here, it's hard to. So this is the only way that I was able to help out, by raising money and sending it down there. Hopefully, it affects some families in a positive way, and they can move on forward from the tragic that happened in the past."

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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