The Buffalo Bisons have partnered with Kate Wedge, wife of Cleveland Indians Manger Eric Wedge, to host a "Mystery Ball" Fundraiser, presented by WGRZ, at Dunn Tire Park on Friday, July 11 during the team's game against the Louisville Bats (7:35 p.m.).
For only $20, fans in attendance have the opportunity to purchase a gift-wrapped mystery ball (limit 10 baseballs per transaction). There are over 500 baseballs available and each has been autographed by a member of Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills or select members of the sports world.
Ticketed fans attending the July 11 game can purchase Mystery Ball tickets at the Washington St., Swan St. and Seneca St. Gates of Dunn Tire Park once they officially open at 6:30 p.m. (all major credit cards and cash accepted). The Mystery Ball ticket redemption and Silent Auction will take place just inside the Washington St. Gate in the main concourse.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Child and Family Services' Haven House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Since 1979, Haven House has provided safe, confidential services and housing for women and their children who have been victims of abuse. Aimed to create a life free from violence, Haven House provides victims with the resources needed to rebuild their lives and children are taught skills to cope with family crises and learn non-violent forms of conflict resolution.
This year's Mystery Ball autographed items include baseballs from:
Buffalo Bills - Thurman Thomas, Coach Dick Jauron, Lee Evens, Terrence McGee, Brian Moorman, Donte Whitner, Leodis McKelvin, Trent Edwards, Kawika Mitchell, Paul Posluszny, Keith Ellison, John Wendling, Corey Mace.
Buffalo Sabres - Coach Lindy Ruff, Jason Pominville, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Tim Kennedy, Andrew Peters
Cleveland Indians -Manager Eric Wedge, Grady Sizemore, C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Jhonny Peralta, Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko, Ben Francisco, Cliff Lee, Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Sowers, Casey Blake, Travis Hafner, Franklin Gutierrez, Jake Westbrook, Rafael Perez, Rafael Betancourt, Paul Byrd, Andy Marte, Joe Borowski, Bench Coach Jeff Datz, 3rd Base Coach Joel Skinner
Sports Stars -Chris Berman, Jennie Finch, Bartolo Colon, Danny Graves, Dave Stewart, Frank White, Tommy John, Mike Lowell, Lee Smith, Steve Garvey, Orlando Cepeda, Doc Gooden, Jim Thome, Ryne Sandberg, Harmon Killebrew, Dusty Baker, Tony LaRussa, Mike Scioscia, Dave Hollins, Francisco Liriano, Shelly Duncan, Jeff Karstens, Jon Grudan, Mike Shanahan, Patrick Kane
Mystery Ball Silent Auction
Along with the mystery baseballs, the Bisons will also hold a silent auction of several one-of-a-kind items. The following will only be available for bidding at Dunn Tire Park on Friday, July 11:
2008 Cleveland Indians Team Autographed Baseball
International League 125th Anniversary Commemorative Package
(real home plate and pitcher's mound, replica 'Curtain Call' statue)
Tim Russert Bobble Head Doll & Signed "Meet the Press" Cap
Brandon Phillips Autographed Indians Spring Training Jersey
Ultimate Bisons Bobble Head Package
Bat Boy/Girl Certificate for Bisons Game in 2009
Bisons Suite for Game in 2009
Asdrubal Cabrera Autographed Rawlings Fielding Glove
Manager Signed Ball Collection
NFL Coaches Autographed Set
Sabres Autographed Baseball Pack
Bills Autographed Baseball Pack
*All silent auction items will also feature a "Buy It Now" price.
The game on July 11 is also a fridaynightbash!®, sponsored by Seneca Gaming Corporation. There will be a pre-game Plaza Party featuring live music from Pirate Dreams and $3 food and drink specials. After the game, fans will be treated to a post game Fireworks Show, presented by HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.