Tampa Bay Rays wives host Rays on the Runway fashion show
Ready to snivel into your stylish sleeve? Rays on the Runway, an annual fashion show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund, is one of the sweetest events of the year. It's back Thursday, June 14, at the St. Petersburg Marriot, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd.
At 6:30 p.m., doors will open for guest to nibble noms, drink libations, mingle with Rays players and enter to win gift baskets, prepared by the Rays wives, full of their husbands' favorite things (yeah, we're intrigued, too).
At 8 p.m., the fashion show styled by Saks Fifth Avenue stars. You'll see Tampa Bay Rays including Ryane and James Shields, Heather and JP Howell, Giselle and Sean Rodriguez, Alison and Derek Shelton, Nicole and Elliot Johnson, Katelyn and Wade Davis, Sara and Sam Fuld, Nina Dominguez and Jose Lobaton, Pamela and Carlos Pena, Sara and Burke Bradenhop, Julianna and Ben Zobrist, Melanie McCauley and Cesar Ramos, Stefanie Bernett and BJ Upton, Will Rhymes, Anna Orlando and Matt Moore, Luke Scott, Matt Joyce, Natalie Cresta and Jeremy Hellickson. Baseballs for autographs will be on sale for $20, so don't smuggle in that souvenir towel you scammed off the field that one time. They won't let you.
The best part of the show, though, is seeing the little kids from the Children's Dream Fund model alongside the Rays. The Children's Dream Fund exists to grant wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses, and walking the runway is pretty exciting for them.
The $250 patron tickets are already sold out, but you can still buy regular tickets for $125 or $75 if you're a student 17 or younger. Get your tickets in advance here, because it is likely to sell out.
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Photo: From a past Rays on the Runway event, Times files