Royals host online auction for tornado relief

 The Royals announced today that the club will host a special online auction with all proceeds directed to Heart to Heart International.  The locally-based emergency response organization will then use the funds to support the ongoing tornado relief effort across the southern United States. 

According to the National Weather Service, more than 300 tornadoes were spawned by a powerful storm system on April 26-27.  These twisters wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, claiming nearly 400 lives, ravaging dozens of communities, displacing thousands of families and causing billions of dollars in damage to businesses, homes and schools.  Alabama’s state emergency management agency reported the most destruction, followed closely by Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. 

In response, the Royals are partnering with Heart to Heart International to connect people and resources to those affected by these disasters.  The club is hosting a silent auction featuring unique baseball memorabilia, including game-used items from Eric Hosmer’s first Major League game on Friday, May 6.  Items up for bid, all authenticated by Major League Baseball, are listed below.  The auction is now open, and fans will have an opportunity to bid on these unique items by visiting www.royals.com/relief until Friday, June 3. 

Game-used third base from May 6 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer’s MLB debut)
Game-used baseball from May 6 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer MLB debut)
Game-used first base from May 7 vs. Oakland A’s (Eric Hosmer’s first Major League hit)
Game-used baseball from May 7 vs. Oakland A’s (ball pitched to Eric Hosmer during game in which he
    recorded first Major League hit)
Mike Aviles autographed jersey
George Brett autographed baseball
Billy Butler autographed cap
Jarrod Dyson autographed locker plate
Jeff Francoeur autographed baseball
Alex Gordon autographed jersey (#7)
Mitch Maier autographed green batting gloves (designed for March 17 Spring Training game)
Kevin Seitzer autographed locker plate from Spring Training
2011 Opening Day game-used baseball – March 31 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Heart to Heart is a global humanitarian organization that specializes in mobilizing volunteers and providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering.  Started in 1992 as a volunteer-based organization, Heart to Heart has grown into one of the world’s most efficient and effective humanitarian groups.  To date, Heart to Heart has delivered $850 million in aid to more than 100 countries worldwide, including the United States.  For more information on Heart to Heart or how to get involved, check out the organization’s website at www.hearttoheart.org.

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