UMPS CARE CharitiesMajor League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer up nearly 200 items and one-of-a-kind VIP experiences during the 3rd Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction. The auction starts on March 9 and runs through March 20 at

There are more than 200 items available, including a handful of foursomes at some of Arizona’s finest golf courses. Some of those courses that are up for bid include Grayhawk Golf Club, Golf Club Scottsdale, Ocotillo and the Raven at South Mountain. Some of the other golf related items include a golf experience at Pinehurst No. 2, 2011 PGA Championship tickets and a DnA Golf Driver autographed by former Phoenix Sun Dan Majerle.

Along with the golf items, the auction includes a 2010 World Series home plate signed by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; a Major League Baseball jersey autographed by President Obama at the 2009 All-Star Game; game-worn cleats signed by Albert Pujols; a signed Roy Halladay perfect game baseball; suite tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks game; a Steve Nash-signed Phoenix Suns Jersey and much more. Go to and more than 50 suites or 24-ticket blocks from Minor League Baseball clubs for fans to see some of baseball’s rising stars up close.

“The online auction is a major fundraiser for UMPS CARE Charities and has received quite a bit of attention in its first two years,” said Gary Darling, MLB umpire and President of the Board for UMPS CARE Charities. “The auction really has something for everyone, from autographed memorabilia to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, so we encourage fans to tell all of their friends to check the website often for a list of available items.”

All proceeds from the Online Auction support UMPS CARE Charities youth programs to provide Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption, Build-A-Bear Workshop® experiences for hospitalized children coping with serious illnesses, college scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted as children, and financial assistance for families in need. UMPS CARE Charities is the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires.

The auction closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Sunday, March 20. For more information or to bid on items, visit


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