KANSAS CITY -- There's no Royals FanFest scheduled this offseason, but fans can salute the team's top players at the Royals Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Overland Park (Kan.) Convention Center.
The Royals FanFest, held in January since 2008, is being bypassed as the club concentrates on preparations for the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10. FanFest will return in January 2013.
Award winners to be honored at the luncheon will include Player of the Year Alex Gordon, Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and Special Achievement winner Eric Hosmer.
Winners of several other awards and information on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later date.
Royals donate to Negro League Museum
KANSAS CITY -- Royals Charities gave the Buck O'Neil Centennial Celebration a boost on Thursday by announcing a $10,000 donation to the Negro League Baseball Museum.
The donation is for the NLBM's $100-for-100 campaign that encourages fans to make a $100 donation toward the $100,000 goal to support the museum and the future Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center.
The celebration to mark the late Kansas City icon's 100th birthday anniversary is going on with several events planned this weekend. More information on the $100-for-100 campaign can be found at www.royals.com/buck100.
The donation was part of $100,000 that went to 18 area organizations in Royals Charities' fall grant cycle.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.