Key contributors to the Rays Baseball Foundation include Rays owners, players, sponsors, fans and employees. Funds are raised through a variety of events and programs throughout the baseball season.
Every off season the Rays front office staff clean out their closets for the Rays Charity Yard Sale. The popular event gives fans a chance to pick up giveaway items, memorabilia from former players and unique finds at drastic discounts. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. Fan Fest also offers fans the chance to receive an autograph from current and former Rays for a donation to the ALS Association Florida Chapter. The Rays Charity Yard Sale and autograph pass sales combined raise $100,000 annually for the team and it's charities.
Each spring, Rays players take a break from their busy spring training schedule for the Rays Charity Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton members Golf Club in Bradenton. Rays players and coaches are matched with foursomes of Rays corporate partners and compete in a scramble tournament. The Rays Charity Golf Classic raises $150,000 annually for the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Each season the Rays convert a TV and radio broadcast into a unique fundraising opportunity for the Rays Baseball Foundation. The Rays Charity Auction helps raise money for RBF and effectively communicates the Rays community investments to fans. The annual auction features one-of-a-kind baseball experiences including hitting and pitching lessons with Rays players, a one-of-a-kind road trip, a chance to be a Rays Executive for a Day and the opportunity to throw a Party at Tropicana Field. The Rays Charity Auction raises $50,000 annually for the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.
Since 2002, the Rays have turned back the clock for cancer research with the Turn Back the Clock Game and jersey auction. Each season the Rays don their "faux-back" retro 1970's jerseys while the visiting team selects a road jersey style from their past . The Rays and visitor's retro jerseys are auctioned off during a special Rays Charity Auction on raysbaseball.com following the game, raising $50,000 annually to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Each year the Rays Baseball Foundation hosts the annual Shirts Off Our Backs fundraiser during the final Rays home games of the regular season. An estimated 300 volunteers roam the ballpark wearing safety yellow Shirts Off Our Backs t-shirts throughout the three-day fundraiser offering fans scratch off cards to win great prizes. Included in the prizes are Rays game tickets, Rays game-worn jerseys and more. As an added bonus, winners of game worn jerseys are invited onto the field after the final game of the season to receive the jersey off of a players' back. More than $50,000 is raised annually during the fundraiser to support the Rays Baseball Foundation. Learn More »