Ortiz auctioning Derby gear for charity

David Ortiz is auctioning off he gear he used to win the Home Run Derby this season — his bat, spikes, cleats and batting gloves — to benefit sick children.

This from a press release:

“Winning the 2010 Home Run Derby was a thrill to me and I wanted to share that with all the fans of baseball,” Ortiz saidn. “Most importantly, if offers an opportunity to raise funds for children who desperately need medical care. The auction is a way for me to take this amazing event and use it to help the kids.”

All proceeds raised in the auction will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization committed to providing critical pediatric services to children in New England and the Dominican Republic.

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The online auction can be found at www.davidortizchildrensfund.org. Bids will be accepted through 12 midnight EST on July 27, 2010. The items included for auction are:

David Ortiz Autographed Home Run Derby Winning Nokona Bat: The actual bat used by David Ortiz in the Home Run Derby, covered in ball marks from the 32 Home runs he hit to win the title. The bat has been signed by David.

Autographed Batting Gloves used by David Ortiz: These autographed gloves helped David Ortiz beat out close friend Hanley Ramirez.

David Ortiz Autographed Home Run Derby Winning Reebok Cleats: These are autographed Reebok red and black cleats,

Limited Edition Home Run Derby Winning Replica Nokona Bat: David used only one bat to win the Home Run Derby. This is a limited edition autographed replica inscribed “2010 Home Run Derby Champion”.

The David Ortiz Children’s Fund began as a way for David to help children in his home country of the Dominican Republic. The Fund is proud to partner with Heart Care Dominicana, International Hospital for Children, and the Massachusetts General Hospital to fulfill its life-saving mission, linking pediatric critical care services to children in need. To date, the Fund has raised over $1 million for children in New England and the Dominican Republic and has given life, health, and hope to critically ill Dominican children.

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