Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 7/15/13
PHOENIX The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised 705,395 in support of the families of the 19 firefighters who perished fighting the Yarnell fire as well as members of the community who have been affected by the fires. The money was raised in various fundraising efforts that began two days after the June 30 tragedy and throughout the D-backs 10-game homestand. The funds raised throughout the homestand will benefit the 100 Club of Arizona, American Red Cross, Prescott Firefighters Charities and other charities that will assist in the rebuilding efforts. 5050 Raffle: The D-backs 5050 Raffle, which is held at every home game, raised 354,061 in total, with 177,031 going to the raffle winners and 177,031 benefitting the charities. In addition, the D-backs set a 5050 Raffle record on July 5 with more than 100,000 raised in one night. Online donations: More than 5,000 fans donated online for a total of 252,364. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation added 200,000 with a matching grant for a total of 452,364. Fans who donated at least 19 online at dbacks.com19 were entered into a raffle to win a team autographed Yarnell 19 jersey. Online auction: The D-backs raised 76,000 through an online jersey and nameplate auction held online at dbacks.comauctions during the homestand. The D-backs auctioned off the newly created game-worn and autographed black Arizona tribute jerseys that players and coaches wore throughout the entire homestand as well as autographed player and coaches nameplates that feature the 19 logo. Starting next homestand, fans will be able to purchase a T-shirt replica of the black Arizona tribute jerseys for 28 at the Team Shop located at Chase Field. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales will benefit the 100 Club of Arizona, American Red Cross, Prescott Firefighters Charities and other charities that will assist in the rebuilding efforts. The T-shirts were made possible by a partnership between the D-backs, MLB Properties, Gameday Merchandising and Majestic Athletic and will be available while supplies last.
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