The Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up for their annual “Shirts Off Our Backs” fundraiser. Full details are below.
(Via the Tampa Bay Rays) – St. Petersburg, FL (September 19, 2012) – The Rays Baseball Foundation and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) are teaming up for the annual “Shirts Off Our Backs” fundraiser. The event will run throughout the final six Rays regular season home games (September 21–October 3). Proceeds will benefit both foundations supporting youth and education programs.
There will be an estimated 300 volunteers on hand, wearing blue “Shirts Off Our Backs” T-shirts, at Tropicana Field throughout the six-day fundraiser. All fans who donate will receive scratch-off cards giving them the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes donated by numerous sponsors totaling more than $250,000 in value. Included in the prizes are 2013 Rays game tickets, Rays game-worn jerseys and more.
Prizes donated by: Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Bella’s Italian Café, Bob Evans, Broken Egg Restaurant, Centerplate, Daiquiri Shak, Days Inn Port Charlotte, Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, Gecko’s Pub & Grill, Little Greek, Miller’s Ale House, Tampa Bay Rays and Universal / CityWalk in Orlando Fla.
About the Rays Baseball Foundation
The Rays Baseball Foundation is committed to supporting youth and education programs throughout the Tampa Bay region. Since 2008, the Rays Baseball Foundation has proudly invested more than $2.5 million in youth and education programs in the Tampa Bay region through grants, scholarships and community outreach initiatives. The Rays Baseball Foundation and the Rays are committed to serving the community and are proud to support organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Tampa Bay, Eckerd, The Heart Gallery and many others.
About FRLA Educational Foundation
FRLAEF administers and executes two high school curriculums—the National Restaurants Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute’s (AH&LAEI) Lodging Management Program—in over 240 Florida high schools and provides resources to nearly 20,000 students in these culinary arts and hospitality management programs. Scholarships, Teacher Training Institutes, Industry Certifications, Equipment Mini-Grants and Industry Internships are just a few of the products and services the FRLAEF provides to these classrooms.