The Akron RubberDucks hosted the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis’ second annual Diamond Oak fundraiser during a recent game at Canal Park, helping to raise almost $60,000 of dollars for MS awareness.
Bevause orange is the color used for MS awareness, the RubberDucks wore special orange jerseys in that afternoon’s game against the Altoona Curve, which raised almost $4,400 during a silent auction conducted during the game.
Immediately following the game, winning bidders were able to come down to the field and get their winning jersey signed by the player or coach who was wearing it.
“On behalf of the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis, I would like to thank the Akron RubberDucks for their support of our MS community. The overwhelming support from our friends, family and community assisted the Oak Clinic in both raising almost $60,000 and educating more than 2,000 grade school students about MS,” said Oak Clinic Practice Manager Tricia Jones.
Additional fundraising was done through the Oak Clinic’s sale of orange Diamond Oak T-shirts prior to the game and through a special walk-up ticket offer at the box office. “We are proud to partner with the Oak Clinic and help raise funds and awareness to such a great cause,” said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. “On behalf of the Akron RubberDucks, I want to thank everyone from the kids who raised money to participate in the pre-game Fun Run, to the volunteers, patients, families and supporters of the Oak Clinic who attended the game yesterday. Seeing the Canal Park filled with fans wearing orange to recognize MS awareness was a humbling moment and we are excited to help the community and those affected by MS.”
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is its 18th Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information about the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call (330) 253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.