On May 12, the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball (MLB) partnered to "go to bat" against breast cancer to increase awareness, promote early detection and raise funds to support breast cancer research. The Tigers and MLB donated more than 2,000 tickets to volunteers. Breast cancer survivors who were registered for the Race for the Cure, volunteers and their families were invited to attend the game at Comerica Park. Over 275 breast cancer survivors from Race from the Cure were recognized on-field in a pregame ceremony prior to the National Anthem.
The Detroit Tigers also hosted the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl, Tracie Kania, who was selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. The Tigers provided complimentary game tickets for her and her family, the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and throw the ceremonial first pitch. She also received a special Honorary Bat Girl Jersey, a Rawlings pink stitched baseball and a certificate of recognition for her participation.
The Detroit Tigers continued their partnership with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by creating a team of Tigers Wives and front office staff that participated in the annual Detroit Race for the Cure. The 5k run/walk and one mile walk starting and finishing at Comerica Park raises funds for research. The Tigers Wives also presented the "Tigers Wives Rookie of the Year" award to recognize the largest new team to register for the race.
The Tigers Wives partnered with The Salvation Army to help make a difference in the community. In May, the Tigers Wives joined volunteers on The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Truck to help distribute food at various stops throughout the city of Detroit. Christy Downs, wife of Tigers pitcher Darin Downs, Carrie Kelly, wife of Tigers outfielder Don Kelly, Erica May, fiancé of Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, and Molly Peralta, wife of Tigers infielder Jhonny Peralta assisted The Salvation Army in their efforts to serve over 5,000 meals a day for the hungry and homeless in the community.
Later in the season, Katrina Hunter, wife of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Carrie Kelly, Abi Tuiasosopo, wife of Tigers outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo and Jonna Williams, girlfriend of Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson, attended a summer party at the Salvation Army's Denby Center for Children and Families. The Tigers Wives played games with the children and met with residents before having the opportunity to meet Spongebob Squarepants and Tigers mascot PAWS.
Each year, the Tigers Wives and FOX Sports Detroit host the Annual "Favorite Things" Broadcast Auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The auction features unique items hand-selected by Tigers Wives including memorabilia and items that reflect their famous husbands' favorite things such as gift cards to their favorite stores or restaurants, CDs, DVDs and favorite snacks. The auction also includes items to reflect the favorite things of the FOX Sports Detroit personalities and Tigers mascot PAWS. Along with bids, the first 50 individuals to call into the auction hotline and donate $50 or more were given a Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit Autograph prize pack to thank them for their support. Overall the 2013 auction raised over $12,000 for the Detroit Tigers Foundation.