Homestand Highlights: Cardboard to Leather Collection and more

On Saturday, August 30, the Oriole Advocates will conduct their 2014 Cardboard to Leather™ collection at Oriole Park, presented by Legg Mason. The Oriole Advocates created the program in 1992 to provide new and used baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged youth in developing countries. Since the program started, the Oriole Advocates have distributed tons of equipment to youth baseball players throughout the world in places such as Afghanistan, Aruba, Belgrade, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used baseball equipment to the Orioles game on Saturday to be used in this year's distribution. Financial donations will also be accepted to help with shipping costs.

The Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation will also conduct a silent auction of sports memorabilia at the game on Saturday, on the lower concourse near Gate E. Fans will have the chance to bid on baseballs, photos, bats, and jerseys autographed by current Orioles stars including CHRIS DAVIS, RYAN FLAHERTY, MIGUEL GONZALEZ, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, BRIAN MATUSZ, BUCK SHOWALTER, CHRIS TILLMAN, and MATT WIETERS. Funds raised from the auction will be used to support the Cardboard to Leather Program™, which this year will provide baseball equipment to players in Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and other Latin and Central America countries. Bids will be accepted from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

In a special ceremony prior to the game, a representative from Legg Mason will be joined by Orioles pitcher MIGUEL GONZALEZ to present the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation with a $15,000 contribution for the Cardboard to Leather™ Equipment Collection. In addition, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to the Foundation for the purchase of new equipment.

ORIOLES TO HOST SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT WITH @SIMPLYAJ10 AUGUST 28

On Thursday, August 28, the Orioles will host "Birdland Social," the second ever Social Media Night at Oriole Park. An exclusive pre-game party on the centerfield Roof Deck will host 250 of the Orioles' most avid social media followers. Orioles All-Star centerfielder ADAM JONES (@SimplyAJ10) will take part in an exclusive Q&A session with those in attendance.

Tickets for the Birdland Social pre-game party start at $50 and include access to the party, a Eutaw Street bleacher seat, an exclusive @SimplyAJ10 T-shirt, complimentary food, and two beverage tickets.

The party will begin when the gates open at 5:05 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m. The limited number of tickets to the pre-game event are available at www.orioles.com/birdlandsocial.

Additional promotions will be taking place throughout the night both for fans in attendance and those following at home. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Orioles' social accounts for details, announcements, and exclusive clues. A complete list of the team's social media platforms is available at www.orioles.com/connect. Additional information on the Birdland Social is available at www.orioles.com/birdlandsocial.

SPECIAL CEREMONIES

MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS PRESENTATION

On Thursday, September 4, the Orioles will reveal the 2014 award winners for Player Development and Scouting, including the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, during a special pre-game ceremony before their 7:05 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds.

IN THE COMMUNITY

ORIOLES WIVES PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

On Friday, August 29, several Orioles Wives will participate in the demolition and rebuild of a Baltimore home as part of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's Baltimore Women Build project. Last year nationwide, over 13,500 women volunteered through National Women Build, part of a program to empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's Women Build program has previously constructed nine houses and now focuses on supporting building projects in areas of greatest need. The Baltimore City construction site for the Orioles Wives is yet to be determined, pending weather.  

ORIOLES PLAYERS AND CASEY CARES

On Wednesday, September 3 from 11:00 a.m. - noon, BRIAN MATUSZ and CALEB JOSEPH will join the Casey Cares Foundation at the Extra Innings facility in Baltimore to sign autographs, play games, and meet critically ill children and their families. As one of the programs of the Casey Cares Foundation, this Caring Connections party is a charity that provides uplifting and on-going programs with a special touch for critically ill children and their families. The Caring Connections Program encourages families to meet, share, and support each other while taking part in themed group parties. The Oriole Bird will also be in attendance to meet with the children. This event is open to the media and the Extra Innings facility is located at 7904 Rossville Blvd., Nottingham, MD 21236.

AT&T "IT CAN WAIT" CAMPAIGN

On Wednesday, September 3, MATT WIETERS will visit River Hill High School on behalf of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign to talk to the students about the dangers of texting while driving. This is event is private and only open to the selected students at River Hill High School.

AT THE BALLPARK

1994 THROWBACK JERSEYS AND HATS TO BE AUCTIONED ONLINE

On Sunday, August 24, the Orioles wore 1994 throwback road jerseys and hats as a part of the Chicago Cubs' Throwback Uniform Series. These jerseys and caps have been autographed and authenticated, and will be auctioned online at www.orioles.com/auction with proceeds benefitting the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation. The auction will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 31.

USO CHECK PRESENTATION WITH DARREN O'DAY

Prior to tonight's game, OriolesREACH, along with Orioles pitcher DARREN O'DAY and his wife ELIZABETH, will present a check for $28,050 to the United Service Organization (USO) during a pre-game ceremony with proceeds raised through a USO campaign called "Barbecue for the Troops." On May 25, Darren and Elizabeth O'Day helped the USO support our nation's troops and their families through a bullpen picnic barbecue that included a silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items provided by and autographed by Orioles players. Net proceeds of the event went directly to USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops, and their caregivers and families of the fallen.

COOL KIDS CAMPAIGN CHECK PRESENTATION

On Wednesday, August 27, the Orioles and Rays will represent all Major League Baseball players when they present a check for $10,000 to the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation, located in Towson, MD. The Cool Kids Campaign was co-founded by ROB BELANGER, son of the late former Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Special Assistant, MARK BELANGER. Fellow co-founders CHRIS FEDERICO, SHARON PERFETTI, and KIMMIE MEISSNER, along with MLBPA representative JEFFREY HAMMONDS, will be on-hand for the ceremony. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through academic, emotional, and social support. The funds from the MLBPA and proceeds from other events, including the Ken Singleton Celebrity Golf Classic, enable the Cool Kids Foundation to create programs for the children and their families, such as their new learning center.

RBI CEREMONY AND TROPHY PRESENTATION

On Friday, August 29, before their game against the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles will recognize players and coaches of the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League Champion teams in a special on-field ceremony. Over 500 Baltimore teenagers participated in the team-funded league this summer, an increase of more than 40 percent for each age group from 2013. The championship teams being recognized will be as follows; The Maryland Warriors from the 10-12 year old division managed by SKIP BAYLOR, the Middle River Mayhem from the 13-15 year old division managed by DENNIS PALMER, the Colgate Panthers from the 16-18 year old division managed by ROB LEE, and the Edreco Eagles from the softball division managed by MIKE BANKS.

RBI is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school and off the streets. The program is a national Major League Baseball initiative administered and financially supported by the Orioles at a local level. The Orioles cover all costs that would be required from each team to participate, including umpire fees, baseballs, hats, and travel expenses for the travel teams of each division to represent RBI Baltimore in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. 

FORT MEADE CHECK PRESENTATION

During a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, August 31, the Orioles and OriolesREACH will present a check for $17,124.62 to the Fort Meade Alliance Resiliency Center Fund with proceeds raised from an auction featuring game-worn jerseys and caps.

On Monday, May 26, the Orioles celebrated Memorial Day by wearing a special road cap and jersey that featured a digicamo pattern designed into the twill (Baltimore script, name, and number) in Milwaukee. These jerseys and caps were autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online.

The Fort Meade Alliance Foundation established the Fort Meade Alliance Resiliency Center Fund, which will provide services to support the five dimensions of resiliency: emotional, social, spiritual, family, and physical for more than 11,000 service members and their families who serve at Fort Meade.

ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM

As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, presented by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. This Sunday, August 31, military members from Fort Meade will enjoy the game against the Minnesota Twins from a catered suite, have a meet-and-greet with NICK MARKAKIS and MATT WIETERS, and receive a player T-shirt.

DON SCOTT CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

On Sunday, August 31, former WJZ-TV anchor DON SCOTT will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins. This past July, Scott retired after 40 years with the station. For more than three decades, Scott served at the morning anchor desk. He also volunteered annually at the OriolesREACH Food and Funds Drive, helping collect donations to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

KIDS RUN THE BASES POST-GAME

Following their game on Sunday, August 31 against the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles and OriolesREACH will host the third and final Kids Run the Bases on the field at Oriole Park. Fans 14 and under who attended the game are invited to line up outside of Gate D at the end of the game to go on-field and run the bases. Registration is not necessary and there is no charge to participate in the event.

FOOD AND FUNDS DRIVE CHECK PRESENTATION

On Monday, September 1, representatives from WJZ, the Orioles Wives, and the Oriole Advocates will present a check to the representatives of the Maryland Food Bank during a pre-game ceremony. The Orioles held their annual Food and Funds Drive earlier this season during their July 11-13 series against the New York Yankees and raised a total of $28,548 in donations and 5,883 pounds of food for the Maryland Food Bank.

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES

Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph series from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tonight, LARRY SHEETS, TIM NORDBROOK, and FRED VALENTINE will greet fans and sign autographs, while on Thursday, August 28, SAM HORN, BILL SWAGGERTY, and JOHN STEFERO will participate in the event. On Monday, September 1, KEN DIXON will appear on Eutaw Street and on Thursday, September 4, AL BUMBRY, RON HANSEN, and CALVIN MADURO will take part in the series.

CHICK-FIL-A HONORARY BAT KIDS

The Orioles have partnered with Chick-fil-A this summer to host the Chick-fil-A Honorary Bat Kids program. Children ages 7-14 can enter by filling out an entry form at participating Chick-fil-A Restaurants or mailing the form directly to the Baltimore Orioles. This program will take place through August 30. One boy and one girl will be selected to be the Honorary Bat Kid at each Orioles home game, excluding Sundays. Winners will receive four tickets to the game, an Orioles T-shirt, hat, and free Chick-fil-A sandwiches for a year. Each winner will also participate in an on-field, pre-game ceremony where they will be presented with an official Honorary Bat Boy/Girl certificate and have a photo opportunity with the Chick-fil-A Cow and Oriole Bird.

STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY

The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey, and an Orioles prize pack. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's contestant is BRAD HAMILTON, an 11 year old from North Beach, MD.

COMMUNITY BOOTH

During each home game, the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants, or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:

DATE                ORGANIZATION                                                

Mon, Aug 25         GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training)

Tues, Aug 26         Therapy Pets Unlimited                                                               

Wed, Aug 27         Baltimore City Cancer Program; University of Maryland            

Thur, Aug 28         MAS Rescue (Maryland Animal Sanctuary and Rescue) 

Fri, Aug 29            Animal Rescue, Inc.                                 

Sat, Aug 30           All Shepherd Rescue

Sun, Aug 31          Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation

Mon, Sept 1          SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Tues, Sept 2          Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Maryland Chapter

Wed, Sept 3          Reach out Rescue and Resources

Thur, Sept 4          National Alopecia Areata Foundation   

ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles T-shirt, a cap, and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include WEI-YIN CHEN, CHRIS DAVIS, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, BRIAN MATUSZ, CHRIS TILLMAN, and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

DATE                ORGANIZATION                              SIZE             PLAYER SPONSOR

Mon, Aug 25         Kingdom Worship Center                          150                 Chris Tillman

Tues, Aug 26         Christian Youth Athletics                          150                 Chris Davis                 

Wed, Aug 27         Shining Star Baptist Church                     150                 Tommy Hunter                       

Thur, Aug 28         NAACP                                                       150                 J.J. Hardy                    

Fri, Aug 29            Restoration Community Church and Ministries   150                 Chris Davis

Sat, Aug 30           Israel Baptist Church                                150                 Tommy Hunter

Sun, Aug 31          Shutdown Academy                                  150                 Wei-Yin Chen

Mon, Sept 1          NAACP                                                       150                 Brian Matusz

Tues, Sept 2          Roots of Scouting, Inc.                             150                 J.J. Hardy

Wed, Sept 3          Pimlico Elementary School                      150                 Nick Markakis

Thur, Sept 4          Boys & Girls Club of Baltimore                 150                 Adam Jones

GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS

DATE            ITEM/OFFER                SPONSOR               ELIGIBILITY

Tues, Aug 26   Ollie's Bargain Night          Ollie's Bargain Outlet   All Fans

Wed, Aug 27   Darren O'Day Orioles T-shirt                                    All Fans

Thur, Aug 28   #Birdland Social Media Night                                     Pre-registered Fans

Fri, Aug 29      AT&T Student Night            AT&T                             Any Student with a School I.D.

Sun, Aug 31    Kids Manny Machado                                               All Fans 14 & under

                        Orioles Jersey

                        Kids Run the Bases                                                  (Post-game) All Fans 14 & under

Mon, Sept 1    Adam Jones Bobblehead                                         First 25,000 Fans 15 & over

Tues, Sept 2    Ollie's Bargain Night          Ollie's Bargain Outlet   All Fans

Wed, Sept 3    Junior Orioles Dugout                                              Dugout Club members

                        Club Day