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Auburn Education Foundation holds River Cats fundraiser

Tickets on sale through April 20
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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The Auburn Education Foundation is giving baseball lovers the opportunity to take in a game and help local schools at the same time.

Tickets are on sale through April 20 at all schools in the Auburn Union School District and at the district office to attend the Sacramento River Cats’ May 11 game against the Omaha Storm Chasers. A portion of proceeds will go toward the foundation, which distributes about $30,000 a year in grants to teachers, according to Julann Brown, foundation president.

“It’s a fundraiser for us, but also kind of a solidarity thing,” said Brown, pointing out that the 300 tickets being sold are all together, which will amount to a large cheering section from Auburn at the game. However, people who can’t make it to the May 11 game can still buy a ticket and turn it in for another game. Auburn Elementary School Principal Sam Schug added that May 11 is dollar hot dog and dessert night at Raley Field.

“We are hoping to make this a great fundraiser both financially … and, secondly, it’s just a great event. It’s a lot of fun to go out to a baseball game,” Schug said.

Schug said he has been impressed with the River Cats, who have given presentations at schools and even sent their mascot, Dinger, to meet with kids. Tony Asaro, community relations director for the River Cats, visited E.V. Cain Charter Middle School to talk about the River Cats and get students pumped up about doing well in school. E.V. Cain’s Glee Club will perform the national anthem at the May 11 game.

The Auburn Education Foundation supports schools in many ways, including funding equipment, book replacements and even a model rocketry program at E.V. Cain. In recent years, the foundation has ramped up support for school libraries, and Schug said the libraries would be closed were it not for the foundation.

“Funding has been really difficult with schools the last couple of years,” he said.

The foundation has found numerous creative ways to help schools, including an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, welcome back dinner at the beginning of the school year and a ragtime piano concert.

“It’s a really great group that looks outside the box for ways to help out,” Schug said.

For more information about the Auburn Education Foundation, visit www.auburneducationfoundation.org.

Reach Krissi Khokhobashvili at krissik@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter, @AuburnJournalAE.

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River Cats Fundraiser

What: Tickets to May 11 Sacramento River Cats game

Cost: $15; portion of proceeds benefits Auburn Education Foundation

Tickets: Available at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School and Skyridge, Rock Creek and Auburn elementary schools, Alta Vista Educational Center, or at the district office, 255 Epperle Lane, Auburn, (530) 885-7242