The Kansas City Royals are extremely proud of the Royals Wives and the time and effort they spend making Kansas City — their home away from home — a better place. The Royals Wives play an important role in community outreach efforts with their commitment to many charitable causes.
The Royals join forces with the Kansas City Chiefs and Operation Blessing International on the annual event to feed more than 2,000 needy families in Kansas City. Under the motto "Two Teams: One Goal," the clubs are supported by more than 200 community volunteers to distribute Operation Blessing's food and toys at the KC Power and Light lot, located at East 30th St. and Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. Bruce and Mary Chen, Tim and Tiffany Collins and Jeremy Guthrie participated in the 2013 event.
The wives play an integral part in the annual Royals Charities Broadcast Auction. The event, presented by FOX Sports Kansas City, is a special on-air auction that gives viewers the opportunity to bid on unique ballpark experiences or purchase an exclusive Royals ticket package. The ladies answer phones and take bids from Royals fans throughout the evening. In 2013, Royals Wives including Katie Butler, Mary Chen, Tiffany Collins, Katelyn Davis, Catie Francoeur, Jenny Guthrie, Lacey Holland, Nicole Johnson and Stephanie Kinzler, fiancée of Mike Moustakas, helped raise more than $85,000 for Royals Charities.
Royals players and wives support the annual Diamond of Dreams fundraiser, which benefitted The University of Kansas Hospital's Neonatal Medical Home and Royals Charities in 2013. The Neonatal Medical Home offers family-centered, long-term primary care dedicated exclusively to premature babies and those born with complex medical conditions. Diamond of Dreams features The Capital Grille and Lidia's VIP Party in the Diamond Club before the on-field event. Several current players joined the excited crowd to enjoy a night of silent auctions, food, music and fireworks. The event raised over $150,000.
Billy and Katie Butler created the Hit-It-A-Ton program in 2008 for the Bishop Sullivan Center to help feed the hungry in Kansas City. The Butlers donate the cost of a ton of food ($250) for every home run he hits, half of a ton ($125) for every double and works with local businesses and individuals to match his donation. The couple created "Billy's Hit-It-A-Ton BBQ Sauce" in 2013, with ALL PROCEEDS going toward the Bishop Sullivan Center. A bottle of the "Rally Sauce" became a lucky charm in the Royals dugout during the 2013 season and spawned a RALLY SAUCE FRIDAY event on June 21 during which Billy and teammates signed autographs for fans, and BBQ, new "Fear the Sauce" t-shirts and Billy's BBQ sauce were sold to raise money for those in need!
Jamie Gordon serves on the Board of Directors for SAFEHOME, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. During the summer of 2013, several Royals Wives joined Jamie to tour the home and lend support to the organization, which also offers services including legal aid, counseling, healthcare advocacy, a 24-hour hotline and educational programs.
Hospital floors are filled with carts full of toys for kids of all ages during the Toys of Summer event. Along with Sluggerrr, Tim and Tiffany Collins, Wade and Katelyn Davis, Alex and Jamie Gordon, Luke and Ashley Hochevar, Greg and Lacey Holland, Elliot and Nicole Johnson, and Mike Moustakas and fiancée Stephanie Kinzler all participated in the toy distribution event on July 3.
Royals Wives and Sluggerrr visited The University of Kansas Cancer Center during the 2013 season to distribute Headbands of Hope. Nicole Johnson, Ashley Hochevar and Stephanie Kinzler, fiancée of Mike Moustakas, delivered specially-designed headbands to young girls battling cancer, as well as surprising boys and girls with Royals caps. For every headband purchased through headbandsofhope.org, one is donated to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.
In partnership with Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Royals and Royals Charities are using funds from the 2012 MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day to support the building of two adaptive baseball fields for children with disabilities. The first groundbreaking ceremony was held at McCoy Park in Independence, Mo., on July 23, 2013, and attended by Tim and Tiffany Collins and Aaron Crow. Billy Butler and Greg Holland attended the groundbreaking festivities the following day for the Olathe (Kan.) Miracle League.
Silver Slugger Award winner Billy Butler and his wife, Katie, hosted "Billy's Country Breakfast" at O'Hara High School in Kansas City, Mo., to thank donors to the Hit-It-A-Ton program benefiting the Bishop Sullivan Center on August 10, 2013. Butler and several Royals teammates signed autographs and took part in a wiffle ball game with the kids.
Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24 — The Royals team up with Players for the Planet and Interstate Batteries to host a recycling event for unwanted computers, televisions, radios and other electronic items. Chris and Nicky Getz, Mike Moustakas and fiancée Stephanie Kinzler, and Jeremy Guthrie greeted fans at the two-day event held August 23-24, 2013. There was a great turnout for the inaugural event with over 400 cars coming through to drop off recyclable electronics.
Together with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Royals hosted the annual Baseball Equipment Drive on September 18, 2013, to collect new and gently-used equipment and donations for needy youth. With the help of Francys Escobar and Monica Mendoza, all 2013 proceeds benefited Cristo Rey Kansas City.
Luke and Ashley Hochevar, along with pitcher Danny Duffy, chaired the Challenge Your Fashion fundraiser to benefit the YMCA of Greater Kansas City's Challenger Program for kids with special needs in January 2013. Proceeds from the evening of fashion and fun go to the construction and maintenance of a one-of-kind sports complex, complete with a baseball field and soccer/flag football field designed to remove barriers for kids using wheelchairs and walkers. The event has raised more than $1.3 million since the first event chaired by Mark Teahen in 2008.