Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
~ In 2008, Billy Butler unveiled the “Hit-It-A-Ton” campaign to help feed the hungry in the Kansas City area. The beneficiary is the Bishop Sullivan Center, the largest single site provider of emergency assistance in KC. He donates $250 – the cost to buy a ton of food! – for each home run and $125 for each double he hits. Local businesses match his donation.
~ On August 9, he will stage his annual event, “Breakfast with Billy” to honor fans who donate.
~ Last season, Zarda BBQ created Billy’s Hit-It-A-Ton BBQ Sauce. Sold at local grocery stores, all proceeds go to the Bishop Sullivan Center. A bottle of the “Rally Sauce” is kept in the Royals dugout as a lucky charm.
~ To date, the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign has raised more than $380,000 — the equivalent of 1,500 tons of food! — to help needy Kansas Citians.
~ Billy and his wife Katie have also led the charge for the club’s annual Wives Food Drive. They have added a “Doubles Club for Kids” to encourage parents to involve their children in this charitable endeavor.
Named to the 2012 American League All-Star team, Billy Butler also won a Silver Slugger Award that year. He was named Player-of-the-Week four times.
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