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Braves Wives Auction Gift Baskets to Benefit “No Place for Hate” Anti-Bullying Initiative

original blog post: http://bravesgive.mlblogs.com/2013/10/09/braves-wives-auction-gift-baskets-to-benefit-no-place-for-hate-anti-bullying-initiative/

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As part of the Braves Wives commitment to make an impact in the metro Atlanta community, the group hosted an auction featuring gift baskets containing the favorite things of the Atlanta Braves players.  The proceeds from the auction benefitted the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” initiative. This program empowers schools and communities to tackle prejudice, bullying, and intergroup conflict and educates youth on speaking out against bullying.

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On September 13, prior to the Braves vs. Padres game, the Braves Wives greeted and encouraged fans to place bids on the elaborate gift baskets. The auction featured favorite things from Braves players Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, BJ Upton, Anthony Varvaro, Dan Uggla, Chris Johnson, Freddie Freeman, Reed Johnson, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Paul Maholm, Jordan Schafer, Evan Gattis, Tim Hudson, Paul Janish, Joey Terdoslavich, and Manager Fredi Gonzalez. These eye-catching baskets included snacks, movies, wine bottles, cleats, books, restaurants gift cards, autographed memorabilia and more.

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The highest selling gift basket contained Craig Kimbrel’s favorite things, including his jersey from the 2013 All-Star Game, gift cards to Cracker Barrel and Bass Pro Shop, Blue Cheese Olives, and more. Kimbrel’s basket sold for a final bid of $1,025.

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Kris Medlen’s favorite things were packaged a little different than the rest, his came in a large blue cooler. His favorite things included a Freddie Freeman bobblehead, autographed cleats, a copy of Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss, and the Breaking Bad DVD collection. His basket raised $850 for “No Place for Hate.”

IMG_3079Rookie catcher, Evan Gattis’ unique wooden box sold for $750 and included an autographed bear claw, white bear hat, and a survival kit.

James Tislow, winner of  Jordan Schafer's gift basket

James Tislow, winner of Anthony Varvaro’s gift basket

The Braves Wives raised a total of $7,900 and would like to thank all the Braves Fans for their generous support of their auction and  the “No Place for Hate” initiative.