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06/16/2006 6:09 PM ET
Arroyo, Aurilia "Perfect Pitch" concert a huge hit
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CINCINNATI -- The Reds Community Fund, the official nonprofit organization of the Cincinnati Reds, announced today that Thursday evening's "Perfect Pitch" concert raised more than $35,000. Event proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach efforts.

The concert, presented by Cincinnati Bell, was held at the Madison Theater in Covington, Ky. and featured Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and Raquel Aurilia, wife of Reds infielder Rich Aurilia. The event attracted an estimated 700 fans, as well as many of the Reds players and baseball staff. One of the top local bands, Screaming Mimes, opened the show.

It was the first time that Arroyo has performed in Cincinnati. Following the concert, Arroyo sold more than 100 copies of his CD, "Covering The Bases."

"We might try to pull something like this off a couple more times toward the end of the season," Arroyo told local reporters. "And as long as people keep digging it, I'll keep doing it."

The Reds Community Fund also sells a baseball-themed CD, "Clutch Hits," with proceeds also benefiting the Fund. The Reds Community Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball. One current project focuses on inner-city ball-field maintenance, targeting 18 locations in Evanston, Avondale, North Avondale, Walnut Hills, Queensgate, West End and Bond Hill.

Freel and Lopez Jerseys, Rijo Baseball Available at Saturday Auction
"Silent Auction Saturdays" return to Great American Ball Park tomorrow, June 17, 2006, when the Reds host the Chicago White Sox at 6:10 p.m.

Each auction takes place at the Reds Community Fund concourse booth, located behind section 120 by Gapper's Alley. Bidding begins when the gates open at 4:10 p.m. and concludes after the final out of the sixth inning.

The auctions are a joint fundraising effort benefiting the Reds Community Fund and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. In three years, the collaboration has raised more than $110,000.

To learn more about the Reds Community Fund, visit www.redscommunityfund.com, or call (513) 765-7231.

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