The Arizona Diamondbacks set a new 50/50 raffle single-game sales record, raising $50,008 for charities in support of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters and communities affected by the Yarnell fire.
A lucky fan walked away with the other $50,008.
In a moving tribute before the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies game, a firefighters' bagpipe band played Amazing Grace as photos flashed on the giant video screen of the 19 hotshot firefighters killed fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire northwest of Phoenix.
That was followed by a 19-second period of silence from the sellout crowd at Chase Field. Players from both teams wore Prescott Fire Dept. baseball caps during batting practice, with a large No. 19 behind home plate. During the weekend series, the Diamondbacks are wearing special black jerseys with a 19 patch.
The Diamondbacks have matched $100,000 in fans' donations and have pledged another $100,000 in matching funds. Fans are still encouraged to make a donation online in support of the 100 Club of Arizona, the American Red Cross, Prescott Firefighter Charities and other charities that will assist the families and communities. People who donate $19 or more will be entered for a chance to win a team-signed home white jersey with the name Yarnell and No. 19. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will match $200,000 of the online donations. Click here to make a donation.
Tuesday, July 8 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-08 17:22:26 GMT
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