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Baseball Holds Online Auction to Benefit Pete Frates #3 Fund

Frates in the dugout before the annual Red Sox exhibition game

Frates in the dugout before the annual Red Sox exhibition game

April 20, 2013

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team is hosting an online auction with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund, set up to help with the medical costs and care of former Eagle and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates. Fans can bid on unique BC and sports memorabilia at www.bceagles.com/auctions.

The Second Annual ALS Awareness Game on will take place on May 4 when the Eagles take on Virginia Tech at 1:30 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field. Prior to the start of the game, funds raised from both teams will be presented to the Frates family.

Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012 at 27 years old. A Beverly, Mass., native, he played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. A captain his senior year, he tied for the team lead in 2007 with five home runs to go along with 27 RBIs. He finished his BC career with 107 starts, a .228 average, 88 hits, 56 RBIs, 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases. Since his diagnosis, Frates, along with his family and friends, have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease.

ALS Bracelets will be sold for $1 before and during the game against the Hokies with proceeds going to the ALS Association. Strikeout ALS clothing and memorabilia will be sold during the game to benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund (www.petefrates.com/). During the game, fans can purchase raffle tickets to have the chance to win a unique prize package featuring Red Sox tickets.

Organizations that support ALS - Prize 4 Life, the ALS Association of Massachusetts, ALS TDI and The Angel Fund - will also be on hand with information about the disease and ways to help.

Both teams will be wearing Strikeout ALS batting practice tee shirts before the game and the Eagles will be donning "PF 3" wrist bands, which they have worn throughout the season.

Last year, the baseball team hosted the first ALS Awareness game and a record crowd of 2,286 came out to support the cause close the BC community's heart.

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