Braves Wives Support Relief Efforts in Oklahoma
On Sunday, June 2nd, the Atlanta Braves Wives donned fanny packs and set out at Turner Field to sell mystery baseballs in brown paper bags to raise funds for those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. The wives sold the baseball from two stationary locations – behind section 202 and in Monument Grove, and the others walked around the stadium selling to fans in the stands, the 755 Club and in the SunTrust Club.
The wives asked their significant others to autograph one dozen baseballs for the fundraiser. After they collected the balls from all of the current players, they randomly packaged them in brown paper bags and sealed them with Braves bumper stickers. Fans purchased the brown bags for $40 each with all of the proceeds going to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Funds. All of the mystery brown bags were sold out before the end of the first inning, and the event raised over $13,000 for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.
On Monday, June 17 the Braves Wives presented a check for $13,000 to Dr. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team assisted thousands of families by clearing fallen trees and debris from home sites and providing over 250,000 meals for those affected by the storms in central Oklahoma.
For more information on this fundraiser, check out this interview below with Kim Hudson, wife of starting pitcher Tim Hudson, and Jessica Maholm, wife of starting pitcher Paul Maholm: