Baysox do­nat­ing pro­ceeds to Cap­i­tal Gazette funds

Part of Fri­day ticket sales to ben­e­fit char­i­ties for vic­tims

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­ twit­­dieInTheYard

The Bowie Baysox, the Ori­oles’ Dou­ble-A mi­nor league af­fil­i­ate, an­nounced Fri­day that they will do­nate half their ticket sales pro­ceeds from their Fri­day home game to two char­i­ties es­tab­lished to help and honor the vic­tims and fam­i­lies af­fected by the June 28 shoot­ings at the Cap­i­tal Gazette news­room in An­napo­lis.

Tick­ets to the game against the Erie Sea­wolves at Prince Ge­orge’s Sta­dium can be pur­chased on­line at un­til 11:59 p.m. on Wed­nes­day. Pro­ceeds go to the Cap­i­tal Gazette Fam­i­lies Fund and the Cap­i­tal Gazette Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund.

“The An­napo­lis Cap­i­tal and its af­fil­i­ate pa­pers — in­clud­ing the Bowie BladeNews and West County Gazette — have been such im­por­tant part­ners to the Baysox since our first game in 1993,” Baysox gen­eral man­ager Brian Shall­cross said in state­ment. “Over the many years of TELE­VI­SION HIGH­LIGHTS AFL Au­tos work­ing to­gether, we have come to know many great peo­ple at the Cap­i­tal Gazette fam­ily who have put their heart and soul into their craft. We are sad­dened at the tragic loss of our good friend John McNa­mara and col­leagues Ger­ald Fish­man, Robert Hi­aasen, Wendi Win­ters and Re­becca Smith.”

Tick­ets start at $8, and all on­line tick­et­ing fees have been waived for this game. Park­ing is free. At the game, there will also be trib­utes to the vic­tims and a silent auc­tion on au­to­graphed Ori­oles and Baysox items. All pro­ceeds from the auc­tion will go to the two funds.

“The Baysox wanted to pro­vide a fo­rum for our fans to be able to con­trib­ute to their mem­o­ries and cel­e­brate the lives and lega­cies of those lost in the tragic events of June 28,” Shall­cross said in the state­ment, “and we hope that these ef­forts at our home game on July 19 will bring those in our com­mu­nity to­gether to do just that.”

Mar­cus Hol­man (Gil­man) and the U.S. play Aus­tralia in the FIL World Cham­pi­onship. Ron Fritz, Se­nior Ed­i­tor/Sports, 410-332-6421, fax: 410-783-2518, e-mail: sports@balt­

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