SAN DIEGO -- Along with 29 Major League ballclubs, the Rockies' media relations staff has announced that the beneficiary of this year's Stand Up To Cancer is LUNGevity, the charity with which Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow worked before passing away during Spring Training 2014 due to lung cancer.
Major League Baseball's Stand Up To Cancer initiative has raised more than $40 million over the last two years. This year, the Rockies are raising money by donating the following items to the auction:
• Salt River Fields Spring Training Experience: Up for bid are four tickets to a Spring Training home game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. The day will feature a private, guided tour by a Rockies staff member, batting-practice experience, player interaction, autograph and photo opportunities, Rockies gear, and lunch in the Rockies' dining room with players and staff before the game.
• Colorado Outdoor Experience: A day that will be headed by Rockies play-by-play radio man Jerry Schemmel will also include a private fishing trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountains led by at least one Rockies player and coach, with gear and food for the day included. This experience will be scheduled during an off-day at home in July or August.
• Coors Field VIP Experience: In addition to four tickets to a game of the winner's choice during the 2015 season (with Opening Day and Fireworks games unavailable), all guests will receive a private tour of Coors Field that will feature the Rockies' clubhouse, dugout, right-field manual scoreboard, broadcast booths and more. The group will receive Rockies gear, will be on the field for batting practice with autograph and photo opportunities, and will be featured during an in-game promotion.
Go to MLB.com/LUNGevity for information on items and to bid. The auction ends Thursday at 9 p.m. MT.
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