Each year, Reds Wives host fundraisers during home games at Great American Ball Park. Each fundraiser raises dollars for a local charity selected by the Reds Wives group.
2018 PLAYERS FAVORITE THINGS BASKETS
The Reds Wives will be hosting the "Players' Favorite Things" basket auction Friday, August 10 through Friday, August 24. Fans can bid on four different baskets at reds.com/wivesauction. Baskets include items such as gift cards to their favorite stores, snacks and coffee, video games and autographed items. Participating players include Scooter Gennett, Billy Hamilton, Michael Lorenzen, Tucker Barnhart and more more. The charity recipient is Crayons to Computers.
Cincinnati nonprofit Crayons to Computers works to level the playing field in the classroom by providing students in need the tools to succeed in school. The Teacher Free Store enables teachers from eligible schools to "shop" 10 times per school year for classroom supplies while the Mobile Outreach Program transports a subset of the store to distant schools. All product is 100% free of charge. Since its inception in 1997, Crayons to Computers has distributed more than $160 million worth of basic school supplies, educational tools and incentive items. With more than 450 schools and nearly 12,000 teachers eligible to shop, Crayons strives to serve nearly 119,000 children in need across 16 counties in the Greater Cincinnati area.
2017 RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE TASTE OF HOPE VISIT
The Reds Wives visited Ronald McDonald House and participated in the Taste of Hope Meals program. After touring the facility, the ladies prepared and served lunch to the families staying at the house. The program provides the nutrition kids need to heal and allows parents more time to focus on their children.
2017 MYSTERY BALL AND PHOTO
The Reds Wives hosted a Mystery Ball and Photo fundraiser on Saturday, June 17. Fans had the opportunity to purchase grab bags with baseballs or photos, autographed by members of the Reds 40-man roster. The charity recipient was the St. Joseph Orphanage, which provides a variety of behavioral health services to those across Southwest Ohio. The event raised over $4,400 for the cause.
The Reds Wives hosted a Mystery Ball and Photo fundraiser on Saturday, April 23. Fans had the opportunity to purchase grab bags with baseballs for $40 each or photos for $20 each. The charity recipient was the Children's Home of Cincinnati, which provides education and therapeutic treatment for children and their families facing social, behavioral and learning challenges. The event raised over $10,000 for the cause.
The Reds Wives hosted the "Wives' Favorite Things" basket raffle on Saturday, May 7 in celebration of Mother's Day. Fans purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win one of twelve baskets prepared by the players' spouses. Items included food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs, an autographed baseball and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game. The charity recipient was Susan G. Komen Southwest Ohio, the local source for funding programs that provides breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach. The event raised nearly $4,000.
The Reds Wives hosted the "Players' Favorite Things" basket raffle on Saturday, June 11 in celebration of Father's Day. Fans had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for baskets that included items such as food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores, books and DVDs. All baskets included an autographed baseball, autographed jersey and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game. The charity recipient was The Dragonfly Foundation, which provides support to young patients and their siblings and parents as well as direct support to social workers, Child Life representatives, and hospital staff that care for patients while they are in the hospital. The event raised over $3,900.
The Reds Wives hosted a second Mystery Ball and Photo fundraiser on Saturday, July 23. Fans had the opportunity to purchase a grab bag baseball for $40 or photo for $20. SPCA Cincinnati, which is dedicated to preventing the suffering of animals in the Cincinnati area was the charity recipient. The fundraiser brought in over $4,000 for the cause.