Orioles host “Go Green” auction to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

On Saturday, March 17, Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed green caps when the Orioles take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET on St. Patrick’s Day. Each base will also have special St. Patrick’s Day jewels on them in celebration of the holiday. The three bases will be authenticated and auctioned, and the game-worn and team-issued caps will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online at www.orioles.com/spring to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Os Green Cap Sidebar.JPGOrioles fans may bid online to support Selby Gardens in the Orioles’ annual “Go Green” auction at www.orioles.com/spring beginning Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. through Saturday, March 24, at 8:00 p.m. In the past three years, the “Go Green” auction has raised approximately $22,000 to support Selby Gardens’ conservation and education initiatives.

Selby Gardens is a world-renowned botanical garden and leader in environmental research and education nestled in an urban setting on the shores of Sarasota Bay. More than 200,000 guests visit each year to relax, learn, explore and experience the plants, exhibits, and educational programs available 364 days a year. Selby Gardens specializes in epiphytes, or plants like orchids, bromeliads and ferns that grow upon other plants without harming them. Through educational outreach and horticultural displays, Selby Gardens promotes understanding of the natural world and stimulates advocacy for plant habitat conservation.

Additionally, Ed Smith Stadium is one of the most environmentally-friendly ballparks in the nation, using recycling, reclaimed water for toilets and irrigation, and solar panels and roofing materials that conserve energy. The Orioles are a partner in Sarasota County’s “Green Business Partnership” program. Additional information on the Orioles’ commitment to the environment at Ed Smith Stadium can be found at www.orioles.com/sarasota.