Tampa Bay Rays Raise big money on the Runway
Barely two hours after beating the Red Socks, Rays players, coaches, wifes and girlfriends thrilled a sold out crowd and some strong kids at the Rays on the Runway Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund. Thousands of dollars were raised through ticket sales and auction items to fund the group that creates amazing experiences for seriously ill children.
The planning and anticipation of a dream day helps makes the time in hospital beds go by a little easier. The time away at Disney World, on a cruise, swimming with dolphins, skiing or at a ranch out West, allows the children and their families to focus on something besides white blood cell counts and medical costs. The average dream costs $3,500. The memories are priceless. There are 65 kids on the waiting list for dreams.
The Rays didn't appear winded in the least from their big game. They were high energy on the runway, cheering on kids who walked with them and making goofy poses with their wives, girlfriends and solo. Everybody was styled in fashion from Dillard's.
A few Rays auctioned off baskets filled with some of their favorite things. Kevin Kiermaier, who promised he'd be back on the field in two weeks, showed he hasn't opted for champagne and caviar since going pro. His basket included Busch Light beer and a favorite movie, Varsity Blues.
Jake Odorizzi's favorite snack, Double Stuff Oreos, and movies, Shawshank Redemption and the Sand Lot were in his auction basket.
Evan Longoria's wife Jaime suggested he put Girl on a Train in his basket. He likes that book a lot but said his favorite is Into Thin Air. He also threw in some shoes he deigned, Beats and a chance to hang out for 45 minutes or so in the batting cage. It went for $10,000.