LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The White Sox will be providing three outstanding options as part of a charity auction involving Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 Clubs during Baseball's annual Winter Meetings.This auction enters into its sixth consecutive year benefitting a special cause close
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The White Sox will be providing three outstanding options as part of a charity auction involving Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 Clubs during Baseball's annual Winter Meetings.
This auction enters into its sixth consecutive year benefitting a special cause close to the game. This year's auction supports the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the late pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years.
A hitting lesson with White Sox legend Harold Baines serves as one auction item. The winning bidder receives a 30-minute hitting lesson in the White Sox batting cages with Baines, who finished his 22-year-career with 2,866 hits and 1,628 RBIs, on a mutually agreed upon date. The experience also includes four premium lower-box tickets to the game (excluding April 5, Sept. 21 and Sept. 22). The winner is responsible for travel costs to and from Guaranteed Rate Field.
Another White Sox item to bid on is a Spring Training experience. The winner gets the opportunity to spend the day at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., as special guests with a behind-the-scenes tour and a meet-and-greet with White Sox players.
Throwing out a first pitch before the game and four premium game tickets also are included. The experience is for a mutually agreeable 2018 White Sox Spring Training game and the winner is responsible for travel costs to and from Camelback Ranch.
The third option centers on being a White Sox VIP for a day. This experience starts with watching White Sox batting practice from the field, with the opportunity to meet White Sox players and coaching staff during BP. The winning bidder and his/her guests will then enjoy the game from the comforts of the all-inclusive Guaranteed Rate Club, with this experience set for four guests.
Guaranteed Rate Club tickets include a premium buffet, in-seat food and beverage service, an open bar and access to a private indoor lounge. Each guest receives a White Sox premium gift bag. The game date is mutually agreeable for a 2018 regular-season home night game. The winner is responsible for travel costs to and from Guaranteed Rate Field.
This year's auction is now LIVE at MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction and runs until 10:00 p.m. ET Thursday. Employees, friends and fans of the game affected by cancer originally inspired this initiative, which has raised more than $900,000 since its inception.
With Feeney's unfortunate and sudden passing, as well as her commitment to helping and mentoring others throughout her 40 years in the game, the charity auction shifted to support this specific cause.
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