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Cubs Mesa groundbreaking bat auction benefits youth home

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 4:15 pm

Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins is auctioning off the “shovelbat” she used to help break ground for the Chicago Cubs spring training facility, with proceeds benefiting Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.

The bat, which is a Louisville Slugger and is signed by Chicago Cubs co-owners Tom Ricketts and as well as other Cubs officials, has a metal shovel at the end of it and is one of 20 such tools that city and Cubs officials used for the groundbreaking ceremony on July 11. The bat also has a Cubs team logo on it with information on it to commemorate what the event was for.

In the Nov. 2010 general election, city voters approved Proposition 420 that allowed the city to build a $99 million spring training complex for the Cubs at Riverview Park along Dobson Road near Loop 202.

Founded in 1954, Sunshine Acres has been home to children in need. They have housed more than 1,600 children, helping them establish long-term relationships with stable parental figures and preparing them for success in adult life. They provide for the emotional, social, physical, educational and spiritual support for the children, so they may break cycles of neglect, abuse and poverty to raise healthy families of their own.

“We are honored that Councilwoman Higgins has designated Sunshine Acres as the beneficiary of this auction,” Sunshine Acres Executive Director Sean Sloane said in a city-issued statement. “Since we are funded almost entirely by donations, getting support from community members like Councilwoman Higgins allows us to continue our mission of providing a loving home for dependent children.”

The eBay auction will run on online until Monday, Oct. 8. Details on the auction can be found at

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