Orioles Auction Raises Nearly $30,000 for Selby Gardens in Four Years

April 17, 2018

The team’s 2018 “Go Green” auction during Spring Training featured player-autographed caps, jeweled bases

SARASOTA, FLA. – April 17, 2018: The tally is in and the 2018 “Go Green” auction by the Baltimore Orioles boosted the ballclub’s fundraising total for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to nearly $30,000 over the past four years. This year’s auction featured specially-designed green caps worn by Orioles players and coaches during the St. Patrick’s Day game. Each base also was decorated with special St. Patrick’s Day jewels in celebration of the holiday. The three bases were authenticated and auctioned, and the game-worn and team-issued caps were autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online to benefit Selby Gardens’ conservation and education initiatives.

“The Orioles’ commitment to the environment, human health and families here in Sarasota is evident, and we at Selby Gardens are immensely grateful for this partnership and support,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens.

More than 200,000 guests visit the Gardens each year to relax, learn, explore and experience the plants, exhibits, and educational programs available 364 days a year. Selby Gardens specializes in epiphytes, or plants like orchids, bromeliads and ferns that grow upon other plants without harming them. Through educational outreach and horticultural displays, Selby Gardens promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.

“Recently recognized by USA Today as the top Spring Training venue in Major League Baseball, Ed Smith Stadium has hosted nearly one million fans for Orioles games over the past nine seasons,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Ed Smith Stadium also is one of the most environmentally-friendly ballparks in the nation, and we are proud to support Selby Gardens’ conservation efforts.”

Ed Smith Stadium uses recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, and solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy. The Orioles also are a partner in Sarasota County’s “Green Business Partnership” program. Additional information on the Orioles’ commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

Photographs of the 2018 “Go Green” cap and bases (password: Media2018) are available for download via Photoshelter, courtesy of the Orioles.


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, ferns and other tropical plants
with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-17 $10, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at
(941) 366-5731 or selby.org. Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.


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