By Adam Morissette
OTTAWA - Some exclusive fantasy sports packages and memorabilia are among the auction items that will be available on January 13 at the 16th annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser in Toronto.
Fantasy sports packages offered by former big leaguer Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field), Super Bowl champion Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field), All-Star catcher Russell Martin (Toronto Blue Jays/Rogers Centre) and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (Toronto Blue Jays/Rogers Centre) highlight the auction list that serves as an important fundraiser for the National Teams program.
The ever-popular Ryan Dempster Fantasy Baseball Package is back that will see two lucky groups of four attend a three-game series at Wrigley Field in Chicago where they will receive scoreboard and broadcast both tours with Ryan, while also taking in batting practice on the field! Ryan will also join the group for a dinner that is sure to be a treat with one of the finest personalities in baseball.
Super Bowl Champion and Junior National Team alum Luke Willson of the Seattle Seahawks is offering a unique experience for a group of four to attend a 2018 regular season game, while an opportunity to meet Blue Jays All-Star catcher Russell Martin and watch a game in his Rogers Centre suite is also up for grabs.
Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar is again offering a fantastic experience for a group of four to attend a Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, while also spending time with one of the greatest Blue Jays ever.
Some terrific autographed memorabilia from the likes of Alomar, Martin and Willson along with current and former stars Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman, Marcus Stroman, Justin Verlander, Jim Thome, David Ortiz and Josh Donaldson can also be found on the auction list.
A package to attend the MLB All-Star Week in Washington, DC (Futures Game, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game) is also up for bids along with Toronto Blue Jays ticket packages, NCAA football tickets and MLB autographed jerseys, bats and baseballs.
If you wish to place a bid on any of the items (to view complete list click link at bottom), please send an e-mail with your name, item number, bid amount and phone number with subject line “Gala Auction” to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting bids via e-mail ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday January 12th, but will continue on site at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel until the conclusion of the intermission prior to the awards presentation.
Winning bids for people attending the banquet can pay by cash, debit or credit card on January 13. Winners not attending will be notified via email following the banquet.