Texas Rangers event raises $164,261 for tornado victims

August 24, 2013

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The fundraising event put together by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and FOX Sports Southwest Tuesday at The Ballpark in Arlington produced $164,261 for tornado recovery for victims in North Texas and Oklahoma. Hood County residents impacted by the May 15 tornado will benefit.

An online auction raised approximately $130,000. The highest total for one offer was $12,700 for a meet-and-greet with Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Funds will go to Mission Granbury and Oklahoma to assist with long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of the tornado victims, according to the Rangers.

“We’re now identifying how much the medical bills are and prioritizing the needs,” said Mission Granbury Executive Director April Mitchell.

On the field prior to the game against Houston, first responders from Hood County and Moore, El Reno and Shawnee, Okla., were honored and displayed U.S. Texas and Oklahoma flags.

Rancho Brazos resident Alfonzo Hernandez, whose family’s home was struck by the tornado, was one of four people who threw out ceremonial first pitches.

The colors were presented by Granbury’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC Color Guard and the Oklahoma City Fire Department Honor Guard.

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