Results tagged ‘ Bishop Sullivan Center ’

Vote Butler: Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service

Butler_Royalty_Fields_2010.JPGHere’s another interactive opportunity for fans to vote for a Royal…for the second-straight year, first baseman Billy Butler is a candidate for the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete. 

The award is presented in partnership with All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.  Butler joins a list of other impressive nominees from across the sports world, including C.C. Sabathia, Paul Pierce and Drew Brees.  Past recipients of Jefferson Awards for Public Service include Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill Gates.

The Royals are calling on fans to vote for Butler for this prestigious honor.  Fans may text Butler’s Jefferson Award number – 05 – to 99158 or vote online at  Voting ends December 31, but there is no limit to the number of votes per individual.

Butler is one of the club’s community leaders and works extensively with the Bishop Sullivan Center, one of the largest providers of emergency assistance in the Kansas City area.  The 24-year-old just completed the third season of his Hit-It-A-Ton campaign, a matching program in which fans and area companies can join the Butlers in donating food to the center for each of his home runs.

Photos: Royals Wives Food Drive underway

food_drive_7229.jpgfood drive_7251.jpgToday is day one of the Royals Wives Food Drive.  Food will be collected outside of Rivals Sports Bar on Friday and Saturday.  Fans are encouraged to drop off “kid-friendly” non-perishable food items.  Suggested food items for donation include peanut butter and canned soups, pastas, canned fruits and vegetables. 

A silent auction with one-of-a-kind Royals memorabilia will be held on both Friday and Saturday.  Mystery grab bags featuring autographed baseballs will be available for purchase on Saturday.  The grab bags are $20.  Autographed player photo cards are also available for $10.  Proceeds from the food drive go to the Bishop Sullivan Center in Kansas City.

Royals in the Community: May 11-16

The Royals return home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, May 11 that features a three-game series versus the Cleveland Indians (May 11-13) followed by a three-game weekend set against the Chicago White Sox (May 14-16).  Below is a listing of the club’s community efforts during the upcoming homestand.

Tuesday, May 11 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

dream_factory_8358.jpgDream Factory
– Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children.  These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments.  Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

Thursday, May 13 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Friday, May 14 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Royals Support Hy-Vee Food Drive – Select Royals will sign autographs for fans who donate $5 or five cans of food from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Independence Hy-Vee (4545 Noland Rd.) and Raytown Hy-Vee (9400 E. 350 Hwy.) locations in support of the Hy-Vee Food Drive to benefit the Bishop Sullivan Center food pantry.  The event precedes the annual Royals Wives Food Drive, which is scheduled for June 4-6.

50/50 Friday – A new fundraiser from Royals Charities in which a lucky fan can win big! Volunteers will sell $1 raffle tickets throughout Kauffman Stadium from the time gates open until the end of the fifth inning.  One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.  For more information, visit

Girls Night Out presented by Celsius Tannery – Grab your girlfriends and come out to the first Girls Night Out event of 2010, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City. The first 10,000 females through the gates will receive a Royals t-shirt courtesy of Celsius Tannery. Details on ticket packages, which will include a $5 charity donation, are available at

Saturday, May 15 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Operation Blessing – The Royals join forces with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hy-Vee and Operation Blessing International to feed more than 3,000 needy families in Kansas City. Under the motto “Two Teams: One Goal,” the clubs join more than 200 community volunteers to distribute Operation Blessing’s food and toys to those who need it most.  The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hostess Brands lot, located at East 30th St. and Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.

Sunday, May 16 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day – YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners team up with the Royals to offer kids and families the opportunity to play fun games together, learn cool exercises and get tips on choosing healthy foods, all while enjoying the fun of Kauffman Stadium.  Special activities and information booths to promote a healthy, active lifestyle will be set up in the Outfield Experience beginning at 10 a.m.  YMCA Healthy Kids Day is celebrated across the country and is the nation’s largest health day for children and families.  As part of the program, the Royals are offering special ticket discounts with a portion of each purchase going to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.  Visit to purchase tickets.


Trevors_Troopers.jpgTrevor’s Troopers
– Royals Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping Trevor Vance will host select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join the Royals Grounds Crew as part of the Trevor’s Troopers program.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the Royals game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.

Attention Hy-Vee Shoppers: Autographs Available!

9-3 Butler.jpgOn Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive.  Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food.  The locations and players are as follows:


Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect):  David DeJesus and Ron Mahay


Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road):  Billy Butler and Mark Teahen


Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street):  Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier


All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center.  Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!


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