Homers for Health returns in 2013

JUPITER, Fla. -- Homers for Health, a co-initiative between the Cardinals and the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, is returning in 2013 with additional wrinkles to the pledge program, which benefits a St. Louis-area children's medical center.

Matt Holliday and David Freese will return as co-chairs for the program; it was announced on Monday that Allen Craig will join them in the fundraising effort. In 2012, the Homers for Health program raised $480,000. Those donations came through a program that had fans make a pledge of 25 cents or more for each home run hit by the Cardinals during the season.

This year, individuals willing to pledge $6 or more per home run will receive name recognition on a commemorative No. 6 display at Cardinal Glennon. That display will be a tribute to the late Stan Musial, who was instrumental in past fundraising efforts for Cardinal Glennon.

This year's Homers for Health program will also feature an April 8 Game Ball Relay, during which the official game ball for the Cardinals' home opener will be carried from Chesterfield, Mo., to Busch Stadium by various individuals.

To make a pledge or find out more information about the Homers for Health initiative, visit glennon.org.