The Orioles will feature two initiatives from their Sarasota 365 community outreach program during today's game at 1:05 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles will host "Go Green" Day, presented by Waste Pro, for St. Patrick's Day at the environmentally-friendly Ed Smith Stadium. The team will wear specially-designed, green O's caps, which will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online at www.orioles.com/spring, to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
In addition, the Orioles will present a check for $40,370 to the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The money was raised during the 5th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club on February 23, where manager BUCK SHOWALTER and many current Orioles including CHRIS DAVIS, J.J. HARDY, DARREN O'DAY, and CHRIS TILLMAN, participated in the event.
Selby Gardens, a world-renowned botanical research center and leader in environmental education, attracts more than 130,000 guests annually to relax, learn, explore and experience the plants and educational programs available 364 days a year. Selby Gardens is a 15-acre botanical and children's rainforest wonderland nestled in an urban setting on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Specializing in epiphytes, it is home to the world's largest living collection of epiphytes and other tropical plants. Through educational outreach and horticultural displays, Selby Gardens promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.
Orioles fans and Selby Gardens supporters may bid online for the caps at www.orioles.com/spring beginning at 1:05 p.m. today through Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.
Ed Smith Stadium uses environmentally-friendly practices including recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, and solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy. The Orioles also are a partner in Sarasota County's "Green Business Partnership" program. Additional information on the Orioles' commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.