March 15th, 2011
The 3rd annual auction, which started on March 9th, and runs through Sunday March 20, 2011, benefits UMPS CARE, the official charity of Major League Baseball Umpires.
As part of this online event, folks can bid on over 200 amazing items, including the following Red Sox gear:
- “Lunch with an Ump” and Red Sox Tickets
- Umpire Signed 2004 World Series Baseball
- Boston Red Sox Batting Practice and Game Tickets
- Boston Red Sox Field Jacket – Size XL
- Hilton Boston Back Bay Two-Night Stay with Green Monster Seats for Yankees vs. Red Sox
- Jim Rice Signed Jersey
Check out their website for more details on the above, and a complete list of items for auction.
Gary Darling, MLB umpire and President of the Board for UMPS CARE Charities weighs in on the event: “The auction really has something for everyone, from autographed memorabilia to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We encourage fans to tell all of their friends to check the website often for a list of available items.”
Something new for 2011: Special “Bid for a Buck” auctions, contests, and giveaways will be announced via Twitter and Facebook throughout the 12-day event. Items starting at one dollar and available for a day or less will include game tickets, sportswear, memorabilia, and gift certificates. Follow UMPS CARE Charities on Twitter @UmpsCare and Facebook “Bid for a Buck” details.
For more information, or to bid on some of these amazing items, check out the UMPS CARE website…
Proceeds from this auction support the UMPS CARE Charities youth programs, such as The BLUE Crew Ticket Program, offering the baseball experience with tickets to big league baseball games for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs.
Another program is BLUE for Kids, held across the country during the baseball season. Umpires and team mascots offer words of encouragement and Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animals to children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. Each child chooses from a variety of pre-stuffed animals as well as clothing outfits for their new furry friend including bear-sized baseball team uniforms. More than 5,000 Build-A-Bears have been made by children since the program began.