Braves have pair of events on tap

Braves have pair of fan events on tap

ATLANTA -- With the baseball season approaching, the Braves have scheduled a pair of events that will allow fans to see some of their favorite players and have the opportunity to enjoy some of Turner Field's many entertainment options.

In an effort to raise money for the Braves Foundation, the Braves will stage an AutographFest at Turner Field on Jan. 24. All proceeds will go directly back into the community through the Foundation's community grants program, which provides financial support to local non-profit organizations.

Attempting to eliminate the long waits autograph seekers have experienced during the FanFest events that previously have been staged, the Braves have altered their plans for AutographFest, creating a limited number of passes that will be presold for each player in attendance.

Fans can purchase AutographFest passes at www.braves.com/autographfest. Silver, Gold and Platinum level passes, ranging from tax-deductible contributions of $20-$100, will provide fans the opportunity to meet players and acquire autographs.

"In these tough economic times, non-profit organizations that dedicate their resources to lifting up our community need our support like never before," said Derek Schiller, the Braves' executive vice president of sales and marketing. "The Atlanta Braves organization has a long-standing tradition of giving back to help those in need, and now more than ever, the Braves Foundation can make a positive impact through the Community Grants Program and help local non-profit organizations continue to make a difference."

The Braves also will hold a free Open House on Saturday, March 28. The event will feature alumni autograph sessions, autographed item giveaways, tours of Turner Field and the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. Fans will have the opportunity to win autographed items and prizes throughout the day.

During the Open House, fans also can participate in a "Select-a-Seat" program that will allow them to choose specific locations for various season-ticket plans, including the "Buy 2 Full Season Tickets, Get 2 Free" promotion.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.