Royals in the Community

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 12, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals open the second half of the season by hosting the 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive during the upcoming homestand, July 13-22.  During the time of year when blood donations are especially critical, the Royals partner with the Community Blood Centers in the area to offer all registered donors a pair of tickets to a 2012 Royals game and commemorative t-shirt. 

Below is a listing of the club’s upcoming community efforts for July 13-22.

Friday, July 13 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

  • 50/50 Friday – For every Friday home game, volunteers sell raffle tickets from the time gates open until the end of the fourth inning.  One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and a local Kansas City charity.  Synergy Services will be the designated charity for Friday’s fundraiser.  www.royals.com/5050   
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero – The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition. 

Saturday, July 14 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

  • Royals Charities and MLB Players Alumni Association Concourse Auction – Royals Charities partners with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association for an exclusive silent auction featuring memorabilia from current and former MLB stars.  The auction, which runs from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning, will be located on the third base side of the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level.  Proceeds benefit Royals Charities and the MLBPAA to help offer free youth baseball clinics for kids.
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero – The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition. 

Sunday, July 15 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

  • Royals Troopers – The Royals Grounds Crew welcomes select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join them in game preparations as part of the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.
  • Royals Charities and MLBPAA Concourse Auction – Royals Charities and the MLBPAA host a silent auction on the third base side of the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning.
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero – The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition. 

Monday, July 16 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

  • Royals Blood Drive Week: July 16-20 – The Royals partner with the Community Blood Centers in Kansas City, Gladstone, Blue Springs and St. Joseph, Mo., and Overland Park and Topeka, Kan., to host the 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive, July 16-20.  Throughout the week, all registered donors receive a pair of tickets to a 2012 Royals game and commemorative t-shirt.  Visit www.savealifenow.org to schedule an appointment to donate.
  • Perfect Attendance Night – More than 6,000 area elementary school children who achieve perfect attendance throughout the academic school year are honored at one of two Perfect Attendance Days (also June 25). The Royals salute these dedicated students with complimentary tickets.

Tuesday, July 17 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

  • Sluggerrr’s Read to Succeed Night – More than 1,000 area elementary school children who completed the Sluggerrr’s Read to Succeed program, presented by U.S. Toy, during the 2011-2012 academic year are recognized at Tuesday’s game.  The Royals salute these students with a congratulatory certificate, bookmark, poster for their classroom and complimentary tickets.
  • Royals Blood Drive – The 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive continues at area Community Blood Center locations. 

Wednesday, July 18 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

  • Dream Factory – Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children.  These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments.  Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.
  • Royals Blood Drive – The 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive continues at area Community Blood Center locations. 

Thursday, July 19 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

  • Royals Blood Drive – The 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive continues at area Community Blood Center locations. 

Friday, July 20 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

  • Buses for Baseball – The Major League Baseball Players Association hosts underprivileged children in all 30 ballparks through the Buses for Baseball program.  The special guests will have a chance to meet with select Royals players prior to the game and receive tickets, souvenirs, food and transportation.
  • 50/50 Friday – For every Friday home game, volunteers sell raffle tickets from the time gates open until the end of the fourth inning.  One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and a local Kansas City charity.  Synergy Services will be the designated charity for Friday’s fundraiser.  www.royals.com/5050   
  • Stars of the Classroom – The Royals join the Missouri Lottery to honor outstanding educators through the Missouri Lottery Stars of the Classroom recognition program.  Prior to six Royals games throughout the season, the Missouri Lottery and the Royals celebrate the achievements of top teachers from six school districts in the metro area.
  • Royals Blood Drive – The 20th Annual Royals Blood Drive continues at area Community Blood Center locations. 

Saturday, July 21 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

  • State Farm Go To Bat Award – State Farm Insurance honors a local organization that positively impacts the Kansas City area during a special recognition prior to the game. The Royals will honor KidsTLC, a Kansas-based organization that provides shelter and social services to children and youth who are facing abuse, neglect or family disruption.

Sunday, July 22 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

  • Head for the Cure at The K – Head for the Cure at The K! supports the Head for the Cure Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for brain cancer research.  Special game-day packages are available, which includes a discounted Field Plaza ticket, an Outfield Experience Play Pass for unlimited activities in the family-friendly area, a special Head for the Cure headband/wristband set and a $5 donation to the Head for the Cure Foundation.  To purchase a package or for more information, visit www.royals.com/headforthecure.
  • Royals Troopers – The Royals Grounds Crew welcomes select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join them in game preparations as part of the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.

Royals and 610 Sports Radio Team Up for “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly” Radio Show

Fans can learn about all of the club’s community and charity efforts by tuning into the “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly” radio program.  The one-hour show, which is scheduled to air every Sunday at 10 a.m. throughout the season, can be heard on 610 Sports Radio, the flagship station of the Royals.  In addition to the club’s community outreach efforts, the program will highlight upcoming player appearances and provide a season-long radio tour of the Royals Hall of Fame.