Atlanta Braves to Hold Memorabilia Auction to Benefit Tornado Victims
The Atlanta Braves are joining forces with Tuscaloosa, Alabama in an effort to raise money and awareness for the victims of the tornadoes that tore through Alabama on April 27th. The United States has been seemingly ravaged by tornadoes this year and it would be easy to forget about the terrible storm that took 43 lives. To honor those that passed and continue the rebuilding process, the Saturday game against the Florida Marlins at Turner Field will play host to "Alabama Day."
Braves pitcher and Huntsville, Alabama native, Craig Kimbrel will be on-hand before the game from 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM in Monument Grove to sign autographs for fans in exchange for a $20 donation to Tuscaloosa Forward, a movement geared toward the long-term rebuilding of Tuscaloosa.
Additionally, fans who present an Alabama driver's license or an ID from an Alabama state school will receive discounted ticket prices at the Turner Field ticket window. The special prices include Upper Box tickets for $12 instead of the regular $24 and Outfield Tickets for $20 instead of the regular $35.
There will also be a silent auction in the Fan Plaza and at Section 202 to benefit the tornado relief. Items available at the auction include sports memorabilia signed by Nick Saban, Gene Chizick, Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, Cam Newton, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson as well as many others. Tim Hudson, David Ross and Craig Kimbrel, all of whom have connections to Alabama, also signed memorabilia for the auction.
The Salvation Army will be in attendance to collect donations from visitors and Braves President, John Schuerholz and Craig Kimbrel will present a check for $111,000 to the Salvation Army before the game.