Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that fans may begin purchasing autograph tickets for the 17th annual Winter Warm-Up at the team’s website, cardinals.com/winterwarmup, at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 19.
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.
Fans may also continue to purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis.
The highly-anticipated annual event takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.
This year, fans can meet their favorite Cardinals past and present, as well as some of the franchise’s rising stars, many of whom contributed to the extended 2012 postseason run. From Red Schoendienst and Andy Benes to Adam Wainwright and Oscar Taveras, there’s a Cardinal for every generation of fan.
This year’s autograph schedule even includes a return visit from former skipper Tony La Russa who will offer two opportunities for fans to get an autograph. On Sunday, La Russa will host a free book-signing in conjunction with his latest work, One Last Strike, and on Monday, La Russa will sign items for a donation to Cardinals Care.
“The 2013 Winter Warm-Up offers another winning lineup for Cardinals fans this year,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “We hope fans will come take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the team, and that they feel good doing it knowing their donations are going back into the community to support area children.”
Hall urges fans to visit the website at cardinals.com/winterwarmup for the most up-to-date details about player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. All autograph tickets will be sold online through Monday, Jan. 14. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
The Winter Warm-Up is the largest of several fundraising efforts that allows Cardinals Care to help kids. Over the last 16 years, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Missouri and Illinois. For nearly a decade, Cardinals Care has run the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.