7/23/2013 2:43 P.M. ET
Fox Sports Southwest to host benefit for Oklahoma, North Texas tornado victims
Fans Can Bid on Sports and Entertainment Packages, Make Cash Donations During Live Auction on August 20 Astros vs. Rangers Telecast
By / MLB.com
FOX Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation announced today they will host a special benefit on August 20 during the Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers telecast on FOX Sports Southwest to raise funds to support victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma and North Texas in May.
The tornado relief benefit will feature a live online auction during the telecast where fans will have an opportunity to bid on several one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment packages provided by FOX Sports Southwest and participating sponsors.
Cash donations also will be accepted.
Proceeds will benefit the United Way OK Strong Disaster Recovery Fund and Mission Granbury. The foundations are assisting with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims affected by the deadly storms that tore through Oklahoma and North Texas.
"We're honored to join forces with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to help those affected by the Oklahoma and North Texas tornadoes during this difficult time of need," said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "The outpouring of support since the tragic tornadoes has been encouraging, but there still is a lot that needs to be done. We hope that through this benefit we'll be able to provide a vehicle for fans who want to help the communities recover and rebuild.
"We're appreciative of our team partners and sponsors for their generosity donating remarkable packages that will help raise funds to aide those affected by the tornadoes."
Packages to be bid on during the live telecast will include unique game day experiences from Dallas-Fort Worth professional sports teams. A list of packages will be announced prior to the auction.
Bidding on VIP packages and cash donations will be accepted during the August 20 Rangers game broadcast. RANGERS LIVE host John Rhadigan will provide updates throughout the game from the Captain Morgan Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Fans can link to the online auction by visiting www.FoxSportsSouthwest.com
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.