Royals Prepare for Baseball 'N Blues Party
Friday was a busy day as anumber of individuals were getting ready for the Royals Charities Baseball ‘N
Blues party on Monday. The entire team will join co-chairs Dan & Penny
Glass for the sold-out event here at Kauffman Stadium. We will have dinner and entertainment,
along with silent and live auctions. Plus, we are really excited to be raising
money to help build the Kansas City YMCA Challenger Division Baseball Park.
This baseball park will house
the first public field of its kind in Kansas City. It will allow kids with physical or mental
disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a special field designed to
overcome the barriers that normally keep them off the baseball field.
The Challenger league
officially got under way earlier this year. Kids from all over the metro area get to play baseball with kids and
families in similar situations. Penny Glass joined us for one of their games on
Saturday. It was very rewarding to see the kids out hitting, running around the
bases (pictured) and giving high-fives when they ran home. For many kids, it
was their first chance to get a real ‘baseball jersey’ and be around others playing
the same game. We saw how badly a new field, with a specialized artificial
surface is needed. The kids in wheelchairs and walkers had a tough time getting
through the grass and the dirt (especially after all the rain the night before).
The Challenger Baseball Park will allow hese
kids to focus on the game and not the obstacles that come from playing on
Seeing those kids’ smiles as they played made all the work that we have done
for the Baseball ‘N Blues well worth it. Friday the Royals set up the silent
auction room which includes over 100 sports, entertainment and luxury items
that will be up for bid. We wanted to
give you an insider’s view of some of the items.
Here’s a photo of the
silent auction room. Some of the highlights of the auction include a Pepsi
Vending Machine, football signed by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, NASCAR
racing helmet signed by all the drivers in the 1996 Martinsville Speedway Winston
Cup Series Race (even the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr), gift certificates to
several KC restaurants everything from Frondizi’s to Chipotle, plus, a guitar
signed by all the members of U2!
Dodge is sponsoring the
event, with help from Teva Neuroscience & Pyramid Contractors/Pridemaker
Apparel, plus a ton of other supporters. Fox 4’s Toby Cook is emceeing the event. All proceeds will benefit the Challenger Baseball Park. We are looking forward to helping these special kids, play ball!