LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are stepping up to support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund by auctioning off a unique game experience for the 2018 season.Toronto is accepting bids on a four-ticket package to a mutually agreed upon game in 2018. The package also includes four
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are stepping up to support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund by auctioning off a unique game experience for the 2018 season.
Toronto is accepting bids on a four-ticket package to a mutually agreed upon game in 2018. The package also includes four passes to watch batting practice and four customized jerseys.
The Katharine Feeney Memorial Fund was created in memory of the pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years. Feeney was the senior vice president of scheduling and club relations for Major League Baseball until she passed away in April, several months into her retirement.
The Blue Jays, along with all the 29 other MLB teams, launched the charity auction in her memory. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a female student at the University of San Francisco who "most exemplifies her character and intelligence as well as someone who possesses the ability to succeed and the willingness to mentor others."
The recipient of the scholarship is someone who expects to pursue a career in sports management and demonstrates a financial need to attain an advanced degree. The full list of items to be auctioned off can be found at www.MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction.
This marks the sixth consecutive year that MLB, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 clubs organized a charity auction during the Winter Meetings. This year's auction is live through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Some of the other items up for grabs include a 2018 MLB All-Star Experience, Spring Training photo day, a private catching session with Atlanta's Kurt Suzuki and lunch with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
The Winter Meetings charity auction has raised more than $900,000 since its inception. MLB also honored Feeney's legacy by hosting the "Katy Feeney Leadership Symposium" during the Winter Meetings. The career-minded event focused on leadership education and the advancement of female executives from throughout the game.
"Katy was always willing to offer a helping hand, particularly to those in need," Feeney's brother Stoney said. "This scholarship commemorates her memory, particularly her devotion to helping others as well as her passionate love of the game. We are looking forward to awarding a young woman who most closely resembles Katy's character, intelligence, ability to succeed, and the willingness to mentor other young people interested in a similar career path. The entire Feeney family wishes to thank MLB and all the teams and staffs for helping to create and support this legacy in Katy's memory, which is so richly deserved."
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.