While the World Champion Kansas City Royals celebrated the 2015 title on the field and around the stadium, the club joined thousands of fans to raise a significant amount of money at the start of the season for the community. This past week, the organization helped raise more than a half a million dollars in funds that benefited several charities, including Royals Charities, the Rotary Youth Camp and the Urban Youth Academy. Several season-long programs will return for the 2016 season, including the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, Our Heroes Seat presented by Budweiser and the Royals Charities 50/50 Raffle. In addition, catcher Drew Butera will appear at a 3&2 Baseball event on Saturday, April 9. See below for details.
Opening Series Results
- Greater Kansas City Day - The 29th annual Greater Kansas City Day took place on Friday, April 1. More than 1,200 volunteers from local Rotary clubs and the community sold special-edition The Kansas City Star newspapers and World Series flags for donations. The event shattered previous records by raising more than $325,000 for local children's charities and the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee's Summit, Mo. A limited number of flags remain and can be purchased for a $10 donation to Royals Charities at www.royals.com/gkcday.
- Relay The Way - On Sunday, April 3, more than 2,500 supporters took part in the "World's Longest First Pitch." Spanning more than nine miles, the ceremonial first pitch ball for Opening Night made its way from Union Station all the way to Kauffman Stadium. The fundraiser raised $130,000, which will benefit the Urban Youth Academy.
- 50/50 Raffle presented by Edelman & Thompson - The fan-favorite Royals Charities 50/50 Raffle has returned for another season and will be held during every Royals home game. Royals Charities staffers will continue to sell raffle tickets from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning. One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening's net proceeds. The other half will be donated to Royals Charities. During the two games against the New York Mets, the 50/50 Raffle raised nearly $45,000 for Royals Charities. For more information, visit www.royals.com/5050.
Returning Programs and Events
- Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat Program Returns - For the 10th year, the Royals will honor members of the community in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat program. FOX Sports Kansas City will again partner with the Royals by featuring Buck Seat honorees during FSKC home telecasts. The Royals invite fans throughout the Midwest to nominate individuals they feel are worthy of filling "Buck's seat" by visiting www.royals.com/buckseat. This Saturday night's guest will be Mindy Corporon, president of the Faith Always Wins Foundation. Corporan's father and son were killed in a shooting at the Jewish Community Center in 2014.
- Our Heroes Presented by Budweiser - The Royals and Budweiser will salute a member of the military during each home game by providing complimentary tickets and a special in-game recognition. Fans are encouraged to nominate an active or retired military member by visiting www.royals.com/ourheroes.
- Diamond of Dreams presented by Teva - The Royals Charities annual fundraiser will take place on Thursday, June 23. The on-field event will include appearances by Royals players, a delicious menu from many great local restaurants, a silent auction and a live performance by the band Daughtry. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.royals.com/diamondofdreams.
- Royals Charities Ring Sweepstakes - One lucky fan will win an authentic, personalized 2015 World Series Championship ring through the Royals Charities Ring Sweepstakes. Fans automatically receive one entry for each $10 donation, up to ten entries. The sweepstakes runs through August 16, and the winner will be announced during the FOX Sports Kansas City game broadcast on August 18. To enter or for more details, visit www.royals.com/ring.
Saturday, April 9 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
- 3&2's Baseball Opening Day - 3&2 Baseball in partnership with the Royals, Academy Sports, KSHB-TV and Majestic are celebrating the league's opening day of spring/summer youth baseball on Saturday. 7U and 8U teams outfitted in Royals uniform jerseys will be starting their 2016 season of machine pitch baseball in style. Royals catcher Drew Butera will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to noon at 3&2's West Complex located at 8000 Monticello Dr., Shawnee, Kan. Butera will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at 11:30 a.m.