Titled the Joey Votto Foundation Benefit Night, the event will feature live and silent auctions where donors can bid on items such as jersey autographed by retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, a ball signed by Hall of Famer Ted Williams, a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, and a 45-minute coaching session — led by Votto himself — for the winner’s child’s baseball team.
“The goal is to try to raise money, raise awareness and provide potential donors with peace of mind about where their dollar is going and what my role is,” Votto said. “I hope to convey to people that I truly believe in this.”
The foundation’s website states that all proceeds from the event will benefit soldiers, veterans, and military families affected by PTSD.
Along with the auctions, the event will feature a question and answer period with Votto and his teammate, right-fielder Jay Bruce.
Votto says he expects several of the Reds to show up, but he’s especially grateful to have Bruce involved in his foundation’s first big night.
“I’ll be very honoured to have any of them there, but Jay and I have had a long relationship,” Votto said. “We’ve traversed the minor league terrain together, played in all-star games together, gone to the playoffs together, and watched each other have big moments.
“We have a good relationship and it’s one that’s real. We interact both on and off the field and him wanting to come to the event means a tremendous amount to me.”