The program will run from May through August on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the kickoff event taking place on Wednesday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All participants will receive tickets to an Orioles game, and the two most improved students at the end of the program will be recognized on field during a special pregame ceremony on Tuesday, September 10 before the Orioles take on the New York Yankees.
WINNER OF MLB'S HONORARY BAT GIRL CONTEST
The Orioles, Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced the winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest, a campaign to recognize incredible MLB fans who are going to bat against breast cancer in their daily lives. The winner of the contest for the Orioles is KRISTA McKENZIE-McELWAIN of Walkersville, MD, a mother of three who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in October 2011. She works two jobs, one as a pediatric nutritionist and the other in financial aid at her daughter's school. McKenzie-McElwain will be recognized in a special on-field ceremony tonight prior to the Orioles' 7:05 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres and will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch. She will also receive a Majestic customized jersey, a certificate signed by the Commissioner, a pink Rawlings stitched baseball, pink wristbands and pink ribbon decals.
The Orioles have also donated 200 tickets to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland supporters to attend the game on May 14. Members from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland will be at the Community Booth located by Gate D and will have an auction table set up next to the booth with commemorative items including a pink bat signed by current Orioles and pink Under Armour shoes signed by Manager BUCK SHOWALTER.
The Honorary Bat Girl contest was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program, a joint program between MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNING TRAINER SHUG MCGAUGHEY FIRST PITCH
On Friday, May 17, Claude "Shug" McGaughey, the trainer of the Kentucky Derby winning horse, Orb, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. McGaughey resides in Lexington, KY. Orb will race in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on May 18.
On Saturday, May 18th, Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball and OriolesReach will welcome 800 participants of the Challenger League baseball program from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Challenger teams provide children with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to enjoy the experiences that playing baseball provides. During a pre-game ceremony each year, one member of the Challenger Baseball Community is awarded the John Salony Memorial Award for his or her efforts in supporting Challenger Baseball.
John Salony had a vision to provide recreational activities for children with special needs when few such activities existed and co-founded Challenger Baseball in Maryland over 25 years ago. This year the Orioles are pleased to have Charlene Salony to present the John Salony Memorial Award to Wayne Trigg for his dedication and support to the Frederick, MD Challenger Little League. Wayne is passionate about ensuring that all ballplayers with disabilities are the safest they can be on the field. Wayne ensures that there is complete safety at all games by inspecting the fields before the games, ensuring that all coaches have their equipment on hand, that all players use helmets and that each player is protected by another individual while out in the field. He was instrumental in developing a safety and CPR training program for all league managers, coaches, team moms, and volunteers.
Representatives from Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball will be on hand on May 18, including Chairman George Bollock, President of the Oriole Advocates, Bill Moon, and President of the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation, Don Blum. Six players from the Challenger League will also be a part of the on-field ceremony to represent all those who participate in the program.
COOL KIDS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION DONATION
On Tuesday, May 21, ADAM JONES and Yankees pitcher DAVID ROBERTSON will represent all Major League baseball players when they present a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation located in Towson, MD. The Cool Kids Campaign was co-founded by Rob Belanger, son of the late Oriole great and MLBPA Special Assistant, Mark Belanger, and its mission is to improve the quality of life of children living with cancer. The funds from the Players Association and proceeds from other events, including the Ken Singleton Celebrity Golf Classic, enable the Cool Kids Foundation to create programs for the children and their families, including a new learning center.
LARDARIUS WEBB FIRST PITCH
On Wednesday, May 22, Baltimore Ravens cornerback LARDARIUS WEBB will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Orioles' game against the New York Yankees. Webb has played four seasons with the Ravens, compiling 181 tackles, two sacks and eight interceptions.
IN THE COMMUNITY
BUCK AND ANGELA SHOWALTER TO BE HONORED AT MARYLAND FOOD BANK
On Thursday, May 16, BUCK and ANGELA SHOWALTER will be honorees at the Maryland Food Bank Founders Day Event. The Showalters will be recognized for their leadership and commitment to the community, including their work with the KidsPeace organization and efforts to support the Maryland Food Bank. The evening will also celebrate the 18-year partnership between the Orioles organization and the Maryland Food Bank, including financial support, food drives and volunteering.
MIGUEL GONZALEZ TO VISIT HIGHLANDTOWN SCHOOL
On Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, Miguel Gonzalez will make an appearance at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237, where 50 percent of students are Spanish-speaking. Gonzalez will speak in Spanish with an English interpreter about cultural diversity and good sportsmanship as part of the "Let's Play Fair" program. After the visit, students will complete a writing assignment to research other notable figures who have persevered in the face of challenges. Authors of the top three essays will receive an Orioles prize pack, including game tickets.
AT THE BALLPARK
FIELD TRIP DAY
On Wednesday, May 15, OriolesREACH, in partnership with MASN and WJZ TV, will host the sixth annual Field Trip Day when the Orioles take on the San Diego Padres. Over 10,000 students from local schools will be at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to learn about the weather from WJZ TV'S First Warning Weather Team of Bob Turk, Chelsea Ingram and Tim Williams. Orioles Head Groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen will speak to the students as well.
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR SHANNON'S FUND
On Saturday, May 18, the Orioles will host an exclusive fundraising event for Shannon's Fund, an endowment at the University of Maryland Medical Center that provides financial assistance to hospital patients in need. For $50, fans will receive a left field lower box game ticket and enjoy a pre-game party on the Roof Deck that will include visits from BRADY ANDERSON, MIKE BORDICK and DAVE JOHNSON. Today is the last day to purchase tickets for this event.
The Oriole Bird will pose for photos with fans attending the event, which will take place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Light refreshments, including two complimentary drink tickets, will be included, along with an Orioles gift bag for each guest. Tickets for the Shannon's Fund event are available at www.orioles.com/shannonsfund. The Orioles' game against the Rays will begin at 4:05 p.m.
From the time gates open until 6:00 p.m., the Orioles will conduct a silent auction of Orioles memorabilia and autographed items on the main concourse behind home plate, with proceeds to benefit Shannon's Fund. Among items available for bid are a lineup card from Game 2 of the 2012 AL Division Series, a Cal Ripken 2131 baseball and autographed jerseys from JIM JOHNSON, DARREN O'DAY, BRIAN ROBERTS and MIKE BORDICK. This is the second year the fundraiser has been held; last year's event raised $10,000 for Shannon's Fund.
In 2008, the Orioles and OriolesREACH established the fund, created in memory of Shannon Obaker, the team's former Director of Community Outreach who bravely fought cancer for over a year before passing away in 2007 at age 29, Shannon's Fund is administered by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Funds are donated to patients and their family members as need arises to assist with the general expenses associated with the treatment process, including hospital parking, alternate housing, food costs and household bills.
LITTLE LEAGUE DAY
On Sunday, May 19, the Orioles will host their second Little League Day at Oriole Park. Approximately 8,000 pre-registered youth baseball participants will take part in a pre-game parade around the warning track and meet Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Teams dressed in their uniforms will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field. The parade begins at noon, with first pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays set for 1:35 p.m.
ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, sponsored by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. This Sunday, May 19, military members from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Center will enjoy the game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays from a catered suite, have an opportunity for a meet and greet with BRIAN MATUSZ and TOMMY HUNTER and receive an Under Armour player t-shirt.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. This year, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Ellie Blanchard, a 10-year old from Mount Molly Springs, PA.
ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH
During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:
Tue, May 14 Mental Health Association of Montgomery County
Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland
Wed, May 15 No Kill Harford Animal Rescue
Fri, May 17 Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Sat, May 18 Baltimore Humane Society & Shannon's Fund Silent Auction
Sun, May 19 Babe Ruth Foundation
Mon, May 20 Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd & MLBPAA Silent Auction
Tue, May 21 Dog Rescue of MD & MLBPAA Silent Auction
Wed, May 22 GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue & MLBPAA Silent Auction
ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include WILSON BETEMIT, ALEXI CASILLA, WEI- YIN CHEN, JASON HAMMEL, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, BRIAN MATUSZ, NICK MARKAKIS, NATE MCLOUTH, CHRIS TILLMAN, TSUYOSHI WADA and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:
DATE ORGANIZATION SIZE PLAYER SPONSOR
Tue, May 14 Logan Elementary School 150 Chris Tillman
Wed, May 15 Belle Grove Elementary 150 Adam Jones
Fri, May 17 Bollman Bridge Elementary 150 Jason Hammel
Sat, May 18 S.P.R.O.U.T. 150 Wei-Yin Chen
Sun, May 19 Chase Elementary School 150 Chris Tillman
Mon, May 20 Charlesmont Elementary School 150 J.J. Hardy
Tue, May 21 Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School 150 Nate McLouth
Wed, May 22 Armistead Elementary/Middle School 150 Nick Markakis
GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS
DATE ITEM/OFFER SPONSOR ELIGIBILITY
Tue, May 14 Ollie's Bargain Night Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9
Wed, May 15 Field Trip Day MASN & WJZ-TV Pre-registered school groups
Fri, May 17 AT&T Student Night AT&T LF Upper Reserve $6 for all students
Sat, May 18 Junior Orioles Dugout Club Pre-registered Dugout club members
Sun, May 19 Little League Day Pre-registered Little Leaguers
Tue, May 21 Ollie's Bargain Night Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9