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Flashback: On June 27 Victory Field was transformed into Gotham City as players wore the special Dark Knight jerseys which were auctioned off as a fundraiser for Riley Children’s Foundation. The evening featured an appearance by Batman who met fans, posed for photos and signed autographs. Another unique fan experience was a youth Batman cape giveaway to the first 2,500 fans age 14 and younger.
The promotion and evening’s events were in conjunction with Indians corporate partners Elements Financial and Indy Tire.
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch was Braedon Upchurch, a former patient from Whiteland, Ind., at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. He was born premature in 2002 caused by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a disease of the placenta. Upchurch was born with numerous health problems including anemia, a yeast infection in his blood and blood platelet problems. During his first 24 hours, Upchurch required three emergency blood transfusions. Over the next four months, he also required two surgeries to place central lines in his chest, allowing medication to be administered directly. In addition, Upchurch received laser eye surgery and double hernia surgery. Upchurch has triumphed over his medical challenges and today is an active and healthy 12-year-old.
The auction fundraiser was powered by Qtego Auction Technology and is available via one’s mobile phone. Once registered, Qtego’s service instantly informs participants of the current high bid on an item of interest or notifies they have been outbid.
“This is a fun, unique way for all Indians fans everywhere, both at Victory Field or not, to connect with our players while supporting Riley Children’s Foundation,” said Indians Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Jon Glesing.
Leading up to the big night, on June 15 the Indians unveiled the special Batman jersey at a party for Riley kids at the hospital. The party provided an opportunity for patients and their families with a break from their rooms and routines to play games, make crafts, and spend time with the Indians and volunteers from Elements Financial and Indy Tire.