June 20th, 2012
A chance meeting with a little boy named Grayson Hughes inspired Jake and Taylor Brigham to help organize an event to raise money for families in need. When Grayson was 6-years-old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The Brighams knew instantly they wanted to help. The Brighams partnered with the RoughRiders Foundation as well as the local non-profit organization Kenna’s Kids to raise money for three families whose children are going through medical hardships.
On June 22 and 23, three events will take place in order to raise money for these families. The events include a mystery ball fundraiser, a raffle, and player baskets that will be auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to Kenna’s Kids.
In the mystery ball fundraiser, fans can pay $15 and will receive a bag with an autographed ball inside. Signed balls include current RoughRiders’ players.
Raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win one of seven balls signed by the RoughRiders team as well as a mystery ball signed by a Texas Rangers’ player.
Baskets full of autographed gear as well as some of the player’s favorite things, like candy and golf tees, will be auctioned off during the games on Friday and Saturday. Some of the gear includes autographed bats, batting gloves, gloves, and cleats.
The lineup for Friday night includes baskets from third baseman Mike Olt, pitcher Barret Loux, first baseman Chris McGuiness, pitcher Time Murphy, shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Jared Prince, athletic trainer Carlos Olivas, infielder Alex Buchholz, pitcher Tyler Tufts, infielder Guilder Rodriguez, and catchers Zach Zaneski and Jose Felix. Autographed balls from Rangers’ players Mike Adams, Joe Nathan, Michael Young, Robbie Ross, Michael Kirkman, Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish, and Derek Holland will also be auctioned off.
Baskets that will be auctioned off on Saturday include pitcher Jake Brigham, outfielder Ryan Strausborger, pitcher Ryan Rodebaugh, pitcher Chad Bell, outfielder Val Majewski, infielder Leury Garcia, pitcher Carlos Pimentel, pitcher Fabio Castillo, and ‘Riders manager Steve Buechele. Autographed balls from Adrian Beltre, Scott Feldman, Craig Gentry, Ian Kinsler, Ben Snyder, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman, and Robbie Ross will also be auctioned off.
Fans must be present at the game to place bids on player baskets. Tickets are still available to the games.
For fans who can’t be at the games, we are placing five autographed baseballs up for auction at http://roughriders.milbauctions.com/gallery.cfm?Cat_ID=1. The balls inlude autos from Greg Maddux, Roy Oswalt, Yu Darvish, Michael Young, and one baseball is autographed by the Texas Rangers team. The auctions will open up on Friday at 5:30 CT and close at midnight CT on Sunday.
To purchase tickets to the game, fans can go to www.ridersbaseball.com
To learn more about Kenna’s Kids or make a donation, visit http://www.kennaskids.org/donate.html