ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, today announced the start of the online process for fans to purchase autograph tickets for the 2011 Winter Warm-Up.
Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 16th, fans can purchase autograph tickets at the team’s website (cardinals.com/winterwarmup). Fans may also purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up at the team’s website, in the official Cardinals’ Team Store at Busch Stadium, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores around St. Louis.
Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets and all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation that cares for kids.
This highly anticipated annual event will take place Saturday, January 15th through Monday, January 17th (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.
This year fans will get the opportunity to meet the newest members of the Cardinals, including Lance Berkman on January 15th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ryan Theriot on January 16th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Brian Tallet on January 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, fans will have the chance to get autographs from former Cardinals greats and National Baseball Hall of Famers Bruce Sutter, Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog, as well as other current Cardinals players and coaches.
“The Warm-Up is a great opportunity for fans to meet their favorite players and help raise money for Cardinals Care,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Cardinals Care. “Fans can also welcome our new off-season additions as just about every player on the team is confirmed to appear.” Hall urges fans to check the Cardinals website (cardinals.com/winterwarmup) frequently for details, including player autograph dates, times, and, if required, additional donation amounts.
In 2009 Cardinals Care introduced the online autograph ticket purchase process as one of several improvements to streamline the method for obtaining autograph tickets and enhancing the overall fan experience.
Since its inception in 1997, Cardinals Care has maintained a direct focus on distributing funds to area non-profit youth organizations. Many of the organizations who are recipients of Cardinals Care charitable grants are based in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. The funds are intended to support purchases such as school supplies and uniforms, computers, software, instruments, books and games for educational programs and winter clothing for underserved children. Cardinals Care grants are made possible through their two largest fundraisers of the year, the Winter Warm-Up and the annual Run Home for Kids event.
In 2010 the Warm-Up raised over $600,000 and the Run Home for Kids event raised over $150,000 for kids in need. Cardinals Care also raises funds through memorabilia auctions online and throughout Busch Stadium during the season.