‘Kindness beats Blindness’ auction benefits Storm Eye Institute

  • Monday, June 17, 2013

The Charleston RiverDogs, the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will host their 14th annual “Kindness Beats Blindness RP Auction” on Saturday, June 29, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

With proceeds going to the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Storm Eye Institute and their on-going fight to prevent the loss of sight, the RiverDogs’ silent auction begins when the gates open at 5 p.m. and concludes at the bottom of the 6th inning.

There will be an abundance of specialty gifts and experiences available including trips to northern California, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and Asheville, N.C.

There will also be fine jewelry, Kiawah Island packages, a golf cart, bed and breakfast stays, multiple Charleston tourist experiences and various autographed sports memorabilia. All fans that enter the ballpark are eligible to bid on the various goods and services.

The Charleston RiverDogs have donated more than $500,000 to the Storm Eye Institute to help fight Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that causes blindness and that has affected Rebecca Veeck, the daughter of RiverDogs President Mike Veeck and his wife, Libby.

“We put a lot of effort and emphasis into this annual auction because we firmly believe in the cause,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols.

“Blindness hits us hard because of Rebecca, and we are trying to do our part to fight this disease that affects so many. Hopefully, raising needed funds for research will help prevent this terrible disease in the future.”

The RiverDogs host the Hickory Crawdads that night, with the first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m. After a long stint in first place of their division, the RiverDogs hope to regain that top position after slipping to second place in recent weeks.

For additional information about the “Kindness Beats Blindness RP Auction” or if you are interested in a donation or purchasing tickets to the game, please call Melissa McCants Azevedo at 843-577-DOGS (3647) or visit www.RiverDogs.com or www.RileyParkEvents.com.

Find this story and others online at www.MoultrieNews.com/sports. The page features a live countdown of an upcoming sporting event. As of now, that event is the RiverDogs Independence Day celebration.

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