TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays, in conjunction with TD Canada, held a live auction during the Sportsnet broadcast of Monday's game on exclusive experiences and collections of memorabilia. Fans placed bids on a number of prizes, and the proceeds will help the Jays Care Foundation's various programs and initiatives.
In total, $116,890 was raised for children and youth in need across Canada and TD Canada kicked in $25,000 to kickstart the fourth annual auction.
"This trumped our previous numbers," said Danielle Bedasse, executive director of the Jays Care Foundation. "Last year we were at about $89,000. Our fans have come to kind of expect this. We get a lot of people asking about the date in the offseason.
"We are looking forward to putting the money back to good use across the country for kids programs."
The largest auction bid was for a luncheon with J.P. Arencibia, Ricky Romero and Brett Lawrie. Rhonda Polak, from Edmonton, Alberta, won with a bid of $8,500.
Some of the other top prizes included pitching lessons from Romero, trips to New York City and an opportunity to meet Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
There were 10 total prizes and the final bids on the items ranged from $2,800 to $8,500.