Upton raffling off 'BRayser' for charity

Upton raffling off 'BRayser' for charity

BOSTON -- B.J. Upton is raffling off his "BRayser" to support two St. Petersburg recreation centers he adopted this season as part of his "B.J.'s Bunch" Program.

The "BRayser" gained national attention two weeks ago when the Rays wore the unique blazers adorned in Rays colors in a plaid design on their West Coast road trip. After Upton posted a picture of himself wearing his jacket on his Twitter account, he received many messages from followers asking where they could get their own "BRaysers." That prompted Upton to decide to raffle off his "BRayser" for a good cause.

"[It's] just another way to raise some money, just raising some money for the two rec centers," Upton said.

Upton is raffling off his "BRayser" at his website. Proceeds go to the Childs Park and Wildwood Recreation Centers located in South St. Petersburg to help support the families served by these centers. As part of the Dugout Club community initiative this summer, Upton adopted the two recreation centers and created "B.J.'s Bunch," a positive club for the kids.

Each raffle tickets costs $15, or fans can purchase three chances for $40. Only 500 chances will be raffled off. This is the only "BRayser" available to the public and will be presented to the winner after the season. The winner will have the chance to have the "BRayser" autographed by Upton, and if they are in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, they will have the option of receiving the "BRayser" from Upton in person.