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Charity auction offers meet and greet with Votto

Bidding runs until 10 p.m. ET Thursday
MLB.com @m_sheldon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On Monday at the start of the Winter Meetings, Major League Baseball announced that its sixth annual charity auction will support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the late pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years.

As with past MLB charity auctions, all 30 clubs and MLB.com are offering a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fans.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On Monday at the start of the Winter Meetings, Major League Baseball announced that its sixth annual charity auction will support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the late pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years.

As with past MLB charity auctions, all 30 clubs and MLB.com are offering a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fans.

Submitted for bidding from the Reds is a meet and greet with All-Star first baseman Joey Votto, who finished second in this year's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting.

Fans interested in bidding should go to MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction until 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. All proceeds will raise funds and awareness for the Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund. The past five auctions have raised about $900,000.

Auction items from other clubs include the chance to be an intern for the day with the A's or Rays, dinner with the Mets' broadcast team, lunch with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and a 2018 All-Star Game experience.

Feeney died suddenly in 2017, and the charity auction shifted this year to support a cause close to her heart. The fund will support an annual scholarship that will be awarded to a female student at the University of San Francisco who most exemplifies Katy's character. Eligible candidates for the scholarship will be students who are pursuing a career in sports management and who also demonstrate a financial need to attain an advanced degree.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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