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Orioles experiences among those included in MLB's annual Winter Meetings charity auction

NATIONAL HARBOR -- For the past several years, Major League Baseball has utilized the spotlight of the Winter Meetings to unveil a charity auction that allows fans to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The proceeds of this year's auction will go to the renovation of a softball and baseball field, as well as youth programming, in memory of late New York Mets public relations executive Shannon Forde, who died in May of breast cancer.

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Improvements to the field, which is located in Forde's hometown of Little Ferry, N.J., will include dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, a backstop, scoreboard and field signs.

All 30 clubs have contributed to the auction, including three items from the Orioles: A day at spring training with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, being the team's PA announcer at a home spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota and a behind the scenes experience at a regular season home game that includes numerous activities like attending manager Buck Showalter's pregame press conference, watching batting practice from the field, visiting the press box and watching part of the game with executive vice president Dan Duquette in his suite.

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The auction is opened Sunday night and will run until Thursday at 9 p.m. Bids are being taken online at www.mlb.com/Shannon.

MLB's winter meetings auctions have raised $685,000, including more than $176,000 that was raised for LUNGevity, an organization dedicated to lung cancer awareness and research, two years ago in honor of former Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow, who died of lung cancer in 2014 at the age of 36.

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