The Rays Wives Organization participates in community events throughout the baseball season. They plan and coordinate signature events such as the Rays on the Runway Fashion Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund, as well as the Mystery Ball sale and silent auction to benefit All Children's Hospital and several drives that benefit local charities.
The signature Rays Wives event, the Rays on the Runway Fashion Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund, took place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. The annual event hosts players and coaches who are paired with their significant other, or a child participating from the Children's Dream Fund, an organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. The couples walk the runway and model the season's newest fashions. The event has raised more than $80,000 annually for the Dream Fund.
Since 2012 the Wives have hosted a Mystery Ball and Silent Auction benefiting All Children's Hospital. The popular event features a silent auction of unique items donated by players and coaches and "mystery ball" grab bags. These grab bags included baseballs autographed by Rays players and coaches along with a selection of players from visiting teams. Mystery Ball has raised over $135,000 to benefit All Children's Hospital.
The Rays Wives walked off with a 13-12 win over the Marlins Wives in the "Citrus Classic" prior to the May 27, 2013, Rays-Marlins game at Tropicana Field.
Sarah Fuld raced home from first base on Aly Shelton's single to center field to give the Rays Wives the walk-off win.
The Rays Wives used Monday's game to raise money through pledges to benefit the charity Autism Speaks. The Rays Baseball Foundation matched each pledge. The Marlins Wives played on behalf of Shake-A-Leg Miami, a foundation that works with people with physical, developmental and economic challenges in a marine environment.
The Rays Wives won, 14-2, in Miami last year, but lost the initial meeting between the teams in 2011, when the Marlins Wives took a 6-1 win at Tropicana Field.
What: Spring Cleaning Drive benefiting Pet Pal Animal Shelter
Where: Parking Lot 7 (outside of Gate 1)
When: Sunday, April 26 vs. Toronto
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bring your donations of gently used items in good condition such as:
Donations made to the thrift store are tax deductible. All items donated to the thrift store help subsidize the efforts of Pet Pal Animal Shelter.
For more information please visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com
Imagine being bullied because you had a cleft lip or palate. Laughed at whenever you went outside. Now, imagine fixing a cleft and giving a child a new smile for just $250 through Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides free cleft surgery for children in developing countries who are affeceted by a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
Information about the Rays 2015 event coming soon. Go to smiletrain.org/milesforsmiles to get more information or donate.