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Charity begins at home (but you can get some very cool stuff too!)

The Diamondbacks are clearly feeling in a giving mood - after all, they donated three runs to the Dodgers last night. [Hah!] But they aren't stopping there, with their involvement in a couple of charitable fundraisers deserving of mention. Firstly, the team will be donating $2.50 from the sale of every ticket, now through the end of the season, to the Valley of the Sun United Way. This is the return of a program they had in 2007, which ended up raising over $600,000 - though the amount per ticket and number of home games is smaller here. However, this time, Ken Kendrick will match the first $150,000.

Secondly, I've got the list of items that are being offered on Friday, as part of the annual auction where they are teaming up with FOX Sports Arizona, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Tempe Marketplace, with the proceeds benefiting Augie's Quest and the battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). There are two sections: a silent auction at Tempe Marketplace, and a phone-in one during Friday night's game. In order to bid in the silent auction, fans must be at Tempe Marketplace. For the other items, viewers bid by calling 1-800-952-5334 or 602-462-3899 - the auction concludes at the end of the "Qwest Diamondbacks Live" post-game show.

Details of both sets of items can be found after the jump.

Silent auction at Tempe Marketplace

  1. Triple Photo Piece (Justin Upton-Conor Jackson-Chris Young)
  2. Framed Photo (Dan Haren)
  3. Signed Jersey (Brandon Webb)
  4. Signed Bat (Mark Reynolds)
  5. Signed Bat (Stephen Drew)
  6. D-backs All Stars Signed Baseballs and Photos (Dan Haren and Justin Upton signed baseballs, and 8x10s from them from the game)
  7. Stephen Drew Game Worn ALS Awareness Night Batting Helmet and Signed 8x10
  8. Spend an Inning in the Broadcast Booth with Mark Grace and Daron Sutton at a 2010 game (includes 4 game tickets, date to be mutually agreed upon between winner and D-backs, subject to availability)
  9. Batting Practice Visit and 4 Game Tickets to 2010 game
  10. 3B Past and Present Signed Baseballs (Signed baseballs of Mark Reynolds and Matt Williams)
  11. As You Wish Pottery $100 gift cards (2 at $50 each)
  12. D’Arcy McGee’s $100 gift certificates (4 at $25 each)
  13. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant $50 gift card
  14. MoJo Frozen Yogurt $75 gift cards (3 at $25 each)
  15. Dress Barn $100 gift cards (2 at $50 each)
  16. Maria Maria Restaurant $50 gift card
  17. Harkins Theaters Gift Package (including movie passes, memorabilia, food coupons, etc.)
  18. Dave and Buster’s gift cards (5 at $10 coupons and 2 at $25 game cards)
  19. Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ $50 gift card
  20. The Keg Dinner for 4 gift certificate
  21. Oakley prize package (including 2 limited edition Augie’s Quest sunglasses (2 pairs at $350 each) and choice of Augie’s Quest board shorts ($55) or flip flops ($35)
  22. Autographed football by Matt Leinart and Augie’s wife, Lynne Nieto 
  23. Elk Hunting Package – Value $3000 
  24. Sleep America $500 Gift Certificate and Basket

Call-in auction on-air during Friday's game

  1. Trip to the 2010 World Series Package includes
    Two tickets to World Series game #1      
    Airfare and hotel for two provided
  2. Trip to the 2010 All-Star Game includes
    Two tickets to the MLB All-Star game in Anaheim on July 13, 2010
    Airfare and hotel for two provided
  3. Blast It Out Of Chase package includes-
    Batting practice at Chase Field on October 17, 2009
    A group of up to 18

    2 hours from 6-8 pm

    D-backs Training Centers coach to throw Batting Practice
  4. RideNow Powersports Pool Suite package includes-
    35 tickets for the RideNow Powersports pool suite during a 2010 regular season game.
  5. D-backs Memorabilia Collection includes
    Framed jersey signed by  Brandon Webb
    Framed triple piece with action photos signed by pitchers Dan Haren, Brandon Webb and Max Scherzer

    Framed individual signed action shots of Justin Upton & Stephen Drew

    Signed game model bats from Mark Reynolds & Conor Jackson

    Four  dugout seats for 2010 regular season game

    A collection of D-backs items including a wall clock, D-backs hats and more.
  6. Luxury Suite Birthday Party package includes-
    Luxury Suite with 18 tickets for a 2010 regular season game
    . Also Includes:
    Special visit from Baxter

    Various D-backs bobbleheads, t-shirts, hats, autographed 8x10 photos, and other D-backs giveaways for everyone

    Scoreboard Message

    Ice cream donated by Cold Stone Creamery
  7. D-backs In-Game Experience includes-
    Dugout Suite to 2010 regular season game
    , plus a variety of 2010 D-backs experiences
    Opportunity to throw out the First Pitch at a 2010 game

    Batting Practice visit

    Spend an Inning in the Broadcast Booth

    Security Kid for a game

    Hot Dog Race