January 4, 2016

20th Annual Winter Warmup tickets on sale tomorrow

Autograph donations to benefit kids in the Cardinals Community

ST. LOUIS, January 4, 2016 – Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that fans may begin purchasing autograph tickets for the 20th annual Winter Warm-Up at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, January 5th.
                The 2016 Winter Warm-Up event (#CardsWarmUp) will be held January 16-18th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Returning members of the 2015 NL Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals including Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong are scheduled to appear at the event as well as newcomers Brayan Pena, Jedd Gyorko and Mike Leake and Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa. 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein will also be in attendance. In total, more than 60 current and former players will be on hand for the event.
                Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets – as well as all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up weekend – benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation that cares for kids.
                 “We’re so excited to be celebrating the 20th year of Winter Warm-Up and helping kids in the St. Louis community,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “This is a great opportunity for fans to gear up for the 2016 season with the reigning NL Central Champs.”
                Fans are encouraged to visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup for the most up-to-date details about player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. All autograph tickets will be sold online through Sunday, January 10th at 11:59 p.m. CT.  Remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the event. For complete details, schedule, frequently asked questions and to purchase admission passes, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup. A Winter Warm-Up admission pass is required to enter the Warm-Up and obtain autographs.
                Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2016 marks the 13th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.