Key contributors to the Rays Baseball Foundation include Rays owners, players, sponsors, fans and employees. Funds are raised through a variety of events and programs throughout the baseball season.
Rays Fan Fest and Charity Yard Sale
Every off season the Rays front office staff clean out their closets for the Rays Charity Yard Sale. The popular event gives fans a chance to pick up giveaway items, memorabilia from former players and unique finds at drastic discounts, with all proceeds benefiting the Rays Baseball Foundation. Fan Fest also offers fans the chance to receive an autograph from current and former Rays players. The Rays Charity Yard Sale and autograph sales combined raise $100,000 annually for the team and its charities.
Rays Online Charity Auctions
Since 2011, the Rays have collected valuable team memorabilia throughout the season to be auctioned off on raysbaseball.com. Items include authenticated new and game-used jerseys, baseballs, batting helmets, hats, gloves, bases, line-up cards and much more. Proceeds from Rays Online Charity Auctions have raised more than $150,000 to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. See what's up for bid at raysbaseball.com/auctions.
Rays the Ante Casino Night & Auction
The largest annual fundraiser for the Rays Baseball Foundation, Rays the Ante Casino Night & Auction, brings Rays supporters, players, coaches, and front office executives together for an exciting night of gaming with great prizes and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event benefits the Rays Baseball Foundation, which supports a variety of programming in Tampa Bay, all with the goal of energizing the community through the magic of Rays baseball.
Select fan experiences, such as purchasing a scoreboard message to wish someone a happy birthday, benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Shirts Off Our Backs
Each year the Rays Baseball Foundation hosts the annual Shirts Off Our Backs fundraiser during the final Rays home games of the regular season. An estimated 300 volunteers roam the ballpark wearing bright Shirts Off Our Backs t-shirts during this fundraiser offering fans scratch off cards to win great prizes. Included in the prizes are Rays game tickets, Rays game-worn jerseys and more. As an added bonus, winners of game-worn jerseys are invited onto the field after the final game of the season to receive the jersey off of a players' back. More than $50,000 is raised annually during the fundraiser to support the Rays Baseball Foundation. Learn More
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Split the Pot Raffle
The Ted Williams Foundation Split the Pot Raffle provides the chance for one lucky fan at each Rays home game to walk away as the winner of a cash prize. Uniformed raffle ticket vendors roam the ballpark offering tickets to fans in exchange for a donation to the Ted Williams Foundation. The winning ticket is announced during the 8th inning of each game on the RaysVision scoreboard. Split the Pot benefits the Rays Baseball Foundation and Ted Williams Foundation. See Split the Pot Raffle.
Turn Back the Clock Auction
Since 2002, the Rays have hosted a Turn Back the Clock Game with a special jersey auction. Each season the Rays don their "faux-back" retro 1970's jerseys while the visiting team selects a road jersey style from their past. The Rays and visitor's retro jerseys are auctioned off during a special Rays Charity Auction on raysbaseball.com/auctions following the game.