BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Thursday that they plan on using Saturday's FanFest event to raise funds for the Haitian earthquake relief effort. More than 60 current, former and future Orioles will be on hand for FanFest, and the team hopes to raise money for the Haitian community through fan donations, silent auctions and a memorabilia sale.
Fans will also be able to donate to the relief effort via various collection buckets located throughout the Baltimore Convention Center, and the Orioles have announced that they will match all donations. This year, FanFest is being presented by the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, a nod to the city in Florida that the Orioles will call their new Spring Training home.
The Orioles said that a portion of FanFest admission fees will be used to benefit Haiti, along with proceeds from the memorabilia sale. Fans may also donate to the cause by sending checks made payable to the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation, with "Haiti Relief" in the memo line, and mail to Baltimore Orioles Haiti Relief, 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
FanFest will feature several fan-friendly events, including interactive games and clinics for children on a youth-sized baseball field. Fans will also be able to take part in a ballpark tour and in a memorabilia sale of game-used items, and they'll get the opportunity to sit in on question-and-answer sessions with coaches, front-office staff and local media members.
Baltimore's entire rotation is expected to attend, starting with veterans Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie and flowing through youngsters Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Brad Bergesen. Lineup staples Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones will also be on hand, as will relievers Michael Gonzalez and Jim Johnson.
The Orioles expect to have prospects Josh Bell, Brandon Snyder, Troy Patton and Chorye Spoone in the mix, allowing fans to get to know them ahead of their respective Baltimore debuts. And if that list wasn't enough, former Orioles like Chris Hoiles, Rick Dempsey, Scott McGregor, B.J. Surhoff, Al Bumbry and Mike Cuellar -- among others -- will also be in attendance.
Tickets for FanFest are $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under and adults over the age of 55. They can be purchased online at orioles.com, over the phone and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa. Single-game tickets for the regular season go on sale the same day as FanFest at orioles.com, and fans will also be able to purchase them at the Convention Center.