The Kansas City Royals are extremely proud of the Royals Wives and the time and effort they spend making Kansas City — their home away from home — a better place. The Royals Wives play an important role in community outreach efforts with their commitment to many charitable causes.
The wives play an integral part in the annual Royals Charities Broadcast Auction. The event, presented by FOX Sports Kansas City, is a special on-air auction that gives viewers the opportunity to bid on unique ballpark experiences or purchase an exclusive Royals ticket package. The ladies answer phones and take bids from Royals fans throughout the evening. In 2014, Royals Wives including Jenny Cain, Mary Chen, Katelyn Davis, Jamie Gordon, Jenny Guthrie, Elly Hayes, Ashley Hochevar, Lacey Holland, Stephanie Moustakas, Jocelyn Valencia and Shelley Vargas helped raise more than $120,000 for Royals Charities.
Royals players and wives support the annual Diamond of Dreams fundraiser held on the Kauffman Stadium field! Diamond of Dreams features the Tiffany & Co. and The Capital Grille VIP Party in the Diamond Club before the on-field event. Several current players joined the excited crowd to enjoy a night of silent auctions, food, music and fireworks. The event raised $140,000 for The University of Kansas Hospital's Neonatal Medical Home, which offers family-centered, long-term primary care dedicated exclusively to premature babies and those born with complex medical conditions.
Hospital floors are filled with carts full of toys for kids during the annual Toys of Summer event. Led by Greg and Lacey Holland, several Royals players and their wives participated in 2015 toy distribution event on July 21. Royals Tim Collins, Wade Davis, Danny and Sara Duffy, Alex and Jamie Gordon, Jeremy Guthrie, Luke and Ashley Hochevar, Mike and Stephanie Moustakas, Jason and Shelley Vargas, and Chris and Liz Young helped the Hollands deliver toys and Royals gear to young patients. The group also delivered Shadow Buddies, condition-specific dolls designed to be a friend "just like me" for seriously ill children, thanks to a grant from Royals Charities.
Infielder Christian Colon and his wife Kayla are teaming up with the Bishop Sullivan Center to help those in need in the Kansas City community during the 2015 season. The couple has created the Go2Bat4Others program to encourage children to learn more about their neighbors in need and to find ways to help.
In conjunction with the program, Kayla and several Royals Wives visited the Bishop Sullivan Center's St. James Place Community Kitchen to serve meals on June 4, 2015. Additional events to support the work of the Bishop Sullivan Center are planned for the 2015 season.
Jamie Gordon, wife of outfielder Alex Gordon, led the Royals Wives and their children in selling lemonade during the 2014 season to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) at Kauffman Stadium.
On June 29, fans were encouraged to stop by the Alex's Lemonade Stand in the Outfield Experience to support childhood cancer research. In addition, Royals Wives sold mystery bags featuring a baseball autographed by a Royals player.
Jamie Gordon serves on the Board of Directors for SAFEHOME, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Several Royals Wives join Jamie to lend support to the organization, which also offers services including legal aid, counseling, healthcare advocacy, a 24-hour hotline and educational programs.
Together with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Royals hosted the annual Baseball Equipment Drive on May 20, 2014, to collect new and gently-used equipment and donations for needy youth.
Led by the families of Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura, all 2014 proceeds benefited Cristo Rey Kansas City.