How about a baseball autographed by Reggie Jackson?
Or Darius Rucker.
Alice Cooper, anyone?
Perhaps you prefer traveling to Disney World, New York City, New Orleans, Washington or Cooperstown.
The Charleston RiverDogs’ popular annual “Kindness Beats Blindness RP Auction” offers all that and lots more. The 14th annual event is Saturday before and during the RiverDogs’ game against the Hickory Crawdads at Riley Park.
The auction and matching funds has raised over $500,000 to prevent the loss of sight in a fight against Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that has affected Rebecca Veeck, daughter of RiverDogs President Mike Veeck. Once again this year, proceeds go to MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute.
Many auctions offer museum memberships, ballet classes, gym memberships, gift baskets, golf outings, dog grooming, dinners and hotel stays. Yes, the RiverDogs have that - plus, fishing trips, haircuts and a helicopter ride.
But the sports fans will appreciate a stacked “Kindness Beats Blindness” lineup featuring items signed by players, coaches and music stars and RiverDogs co-owner/film star Bill Murray.
Bill Murray autographed cover of GQ Magazine
Hank Aaron autographed baseball in a “755” case
Darius Rucker autographed baseball
Mark Bryan autographed baseball
Reggie Jackson autographed baseball
Brett Gardner autographed baseball
Josh Hamilton autographed baseball
Bobby Cox autographed Braves cap
Texas Rangers autographed baseball
Jason Heyward autographed photo
Jason Heyward autographed baseball
Washington Redskins autographed football
Enlarged South Carolina-Clemson baseball ticket autographed by Ray Tanner and Jack Leggett
Ray Tanner autographed baseball
Dabo Swinney autographed football
Alice Cooper autographed baseball
Tim Hudson autographed baseball
Javier Lopez autographed baseball
Jorge Posada autographed baseball
Andy Pettitte autographed baseball
Minnie Minoso autographed baseball
John Smoltz autographed baseball
Dale Murphy autographed baseball
Jim Bouton autographed baseball
Wade Boggs autographed book
Sandy Alomar autographed ballcap
Brian McCann autographed photo
Andrew McCutcheon autographed baseball
Tony Hawk autographed skateboard
Roger Clemens autographed baseball
Bill Buckner autographed baseball
Maury Wills autographed baseball
Among the high-end items:
Walt Disney World Dream Vacation: A three-day, two-night stay at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort includes one Disney character breakfast for four and Disney World park entry for four.
Cooperstown, N.Y. Vacation: One-night stay at the Cooper Inn; golf for two with cart; tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island: Two nights in a garden-view room; golf for two at Cougar, Turtle, Osprey or Oak Point.
Couples Retreat in Charleston: One night stay in deluxe room at Charleston Place Hotel; dinner for two with a house bottle of wine at Charleston Grill; a carriage ride through downtown Charleston and a Ghost Tour.
A Week’s Vacation at “Serenity by the Sea” at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms with a foursome at Harbor Course at Wild Dunes.
Northern California Package: Two-night stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe; two-night stay at the Ledson Hotel and a private wine tasting for two at the Ledson Winery; two tickets to a San Francisco Giants home game; private tour, a wine tasting and lunch at Steele Winery.
New York City Trip: One-night stay at St. Regis Hotel; portrait session; tickets to the New York Yankees Legends Club.
Fun in New Orleans: Two-night stay at a special Bed & Breakfast.
Washington, D.C., trip: One-night stay at the Bed & Breakfast at the Ritz Carlton Hotel; dinner at the Founding Farmers Restaurant.
For additional information about the “Kindness Beats Blindness RP Auction” or if you have a last-minute donation call Melissa McCants Azevedo visit www.riverdogs.com or call 577-DOGS.
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