RiverDogs auction: Items from Darius Rucker, Bill Murray, Josh Hamilton, Hank Aaron and Disney

A Darius Rucker autographed baseball is among the RiverDogs' "Kindness Beats Blindness" auction items

Isaac Brekken

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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