2011 All-Star Game tickets, the chance to watch batting practice from the field at a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium, Green Monster seats for a Red Sox-Yankees game, the chance to go behind-the-scenes at ESPN Baseball Tonight, a signed game-used baseball from Roy Halladay’s perfect game, and a collection of more than 70 Minor League Baseball Suites and Ticket Packages are available online in the 3rd Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction.
The 12-day online auction, with more than 200 items, opened Wednesday. The auction closes Sunday, March 20.
Proceeds from the online auction allow MLB Umpires to provide Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences for children with cancer, Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption, college scholarships for young adults who were adopted as children, and financial assistance for families in need.
Sports fans-or anyone who loves a sports fan-can bid on unique experiences and spectacular packages, including “Lunch with an Ump” and signed memorabilia from current stars Albert Pujols, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Holliday, Carlos Gonzalez, and Roy Halladay, as well as all-time greats like Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Al Kaline, Lou Brock, and Harmon Killebrew.
There are plenty of items for the non-baseball fan as well, including dinner with financial guru Guy Adami after a taping of CNBC’s hit show Fast Money, a Pinehurst Resort Golf Experience with PGA Teaching Pro Dan Kochevar, golf with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt at Lyman Orchards Golf Club, PGA Championship tickets, memorabilia signed by President Obama and both Presidents Bush and two-night stays at premier hotels around the country.
“The auction really has something for everyone, from autographed memorabilia to once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Gary Darling, MLB umpire and President of the Board for UMPS CARE Charities.
The website where the auction is taking place is UmpsCare.com.
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 www.facebook.com/UmpsCare for “Bid for a Buck” details.