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Cardinals, Broadcast Partners join forces to benefit Cardinals Care

The St. Louis Cardinals have teamed up with FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network to raise money for Cardinals Care by auctioning off exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences for Cardinals fans during the broadcasts on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, when the Cardinals take on their former NL Central rival, the Houston Astros.

The television broadcast auction begins as soon as the first pitch is thrown and continues through the seventh inning, and the radio auction starts during the pre-game show and continues through the sixth inning. This year's auction includes many unique items for Cardinals fans to bid on, including a Mike Matheny VIP experience, a private dinner with Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock, a Mike Shannon and John Rooney Experience, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, and the chance to play catch on the field with Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller. Fans can bid on the auction items by calling the telephone numbers provided during the broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest (314.345.9418) and the Cardinals Radio Network (314.436.7900). For a full listing of auction items, see below, or visit cardinals.com/tvauction and cardinals.com/radioauction.  

In addition to bidding on the once-in-a-lifetime experiences, fans can take advantage of a special Cardinals ticket offer, available only throughout the duration of the July 9th auction and game. $5 from every Cardinals ticket purchased for the Edward Jones Hall of Fame Weekend July 19-21 against the San Diego Padres will benefit Cardinals Care.

General donations to Cardinals Care will also gladly be accepted via the broadcasted phone numbers, or by donating online at cardinals.com/donate.

 "The broadcast auction is really all about kids," said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. "Not only will the proceeds of the night support Cardinals Care and the work we do to help kids in our community, but for the fans, winning one of these auction experiences will make them feel like a kid living out their baseball dreams." 

The July 9th auction is the second Cardinals auction with FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network. The broadcast partners first teamed together in summer of 2011 to support Cardinals Care and the Joplin Relief Fund. Together they raised over $100,000 for Joplin through the first-ever broadcast auction of once-in-a-lifetime Cardinals experiences. 

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community - both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested $19 million in helping children, including providing $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 20 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrates the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

 

Broadcast Auction Items Benefitting Cardinals Care

Presented by Fox Sports Midwest

 

1. MIKE MATHENY VIP EXPERIENCE

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • Pre-game meet and greet in Matheny's office
  • Watch Matheny's pre-game press meeting in Matheny's office
  • Discuss strategy and starting line-up with Matheny
  • Watch batting practice from a VIP area behind home plate
  • Dinner for four (4) in the Cardinals Club
  • VIP Parking (one (1) vehicle)
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Mutually Agreeable Date

2. PRIVATE DINNER WITH HALL-OF-FAMER LOU BROCK

An exclusive experience for two (2) people

  • Pre-game dinner for two (2) with Lou Brock and his wife, Jackie, at Kemoll's (Top of the Met)
  • Chauffer service to Kemoll's and Busch Stadium in limited edition 1973 Stuz Blackhawk built specifically for Lou Brock
  • Two (2) Field Box Tickets
  • Mutually Agreeable Date

3. CATCH ON THE FIELD WITH SHELBY MILLER

An exclusive experience for one (1) person (age 15 or under); three (3) guests will accompany

  • One (1) person (age 15 or under) will play catch with Shelby Miller
  • All four (4) attendees will receive an autographed baseball from Shelby Miller
  • All four (4) attendees will receive a behind the scenes tour of the Cardinals Clubhouse
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • Mutually Agreeable Date

4. JIM EDMONDS & FOX SPORTS VIP EXPERIENCE

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • Exclusive access joining Jim Edmonds on set for Fox Sports Midwest Pre-Game Show
  • Shadow Fox Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes on field during batting practice
  • Spend the game in private room on the Broadcast level, includes food & beverages
  • Jim Edmonds will visit the private room on the Broadcast level for two (2) innings
  • Watch Fox Sports Midwest Post-Game Show at a VIP table at Stadium Club Lumiere
  • One-night stay at HoteLumiere (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 vs. Atlanta Braves 7:15pm

5. WHITEY HERZOG & TV BROADCAST EXPERIENCE

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • Visit TV broadcast booth during game (two (2) innings)
  • Meet TV Broadcasters
  • Visit TV Production truck during pre-game
  • Spend the game in private room on the Broadcast level, includes food & beverages
  • Whitey Herzog will visit the private room on the Broadcast level for five (5) innings
  • One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

6. ULTIMATE GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE

An exclusive experience for one (1) person (age 15 or under); three (3) guests to accompany

  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium (one (1) person 15 or under)
  • Be a member of the grounds crew (one (1) person 15 or under)
  • Be a part of Team Fredbird and shoot t-shirts (one (1) person 15 or under)
  • Be a Public Address Announcer for a 1/2 inning (one (1) person 15 or under)
  • Spend 1/2 inning in Bob Broeg Rick Hummel Press Box (one (1) person 15 or under)
  • Dinner for four (4) in the Cardinals Club
  • VIP Parking (one (1) vehicle)
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6:15pm

 

Broadcast Auction Items Benefitting Cardinals Care

Presented by KMOX and the Cardinals Radio Network

 

1. MIKE SHANNON & JOHN ROONEY EXPERIENCE

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • Join Mike Shannon during his pre-game interview with Mike Matheny
  • Watch batting practice from cage with John Rooney
  • Visit to the Cardinals dugout before the game
  • Professional photograph with Shannon and Rooney
  • Spend two (2) innings in the KMOX broadcast booth
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • VIP table for Live at Shannon's after the game
  • One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Mutually Agreeable Date

2. PRIVATE PARTY SUITE FOR 40

An exclusive experience for forty (40) people

  • Party Suite for you and 39 of your closest friends on Saturday, September 7 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • All-you-can-eat buffet & beverages included
  • Visits from special guests throughout the game including: Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak; President, Bill DeWitt III & Fredbird
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6:15pm

3. ULTIMATE DAY AT BUSCH

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • VIP tour of Cardinals Clubhouse (pre-game 11am)
  • Play catch on the field (pre-game 11am) & watch batting practice from a special VIP area
  • Professional photo with Carlos Beltran
  • Visit to Cardinals dugout before the game
  • $100 gift certificate to Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood
  • One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • Mutually Agreeable Date

4. CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

An exclusive experience for four (4) people

  • Your group will be announced during a pre-game ceremony at Busch Stadium and one (1) person will throw out a ceremonial pitch
  • Four (4) autographed baseballs and photo with Allen Craig
  • One (1) personalized Cardinals Jersey
  • Dinner for four (4) in the Cardinals Club
  • VIP Parking (one (1) vehicle)
  • Four (4) Field Box Tickets
  • One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis (includes two (2) rooms)
  • Mutually Agreeable Date
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