Record Royals Charities raffle helps fallen firefighters’ families

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals began ALDS Game 5 with a moment of silence, with dozens of firefighters on the field, honoring the two heroes killed battling the fire at an apartment building on Monday. They also hosted a special fundraising effort out at the ballpark.

Every game, Royals Charities host a 50/50 raffle, collecting for worthy causes in the community, with proceed being split evenly between them.

Wednesday night all proceeds went to the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund and the local Firefighter’s Union IAFF 42 fund for the family. They started selling tickets as soon as the parking lot opened, and people were giving freely. They collected more than $100,000, shattering records.

In contrast, $800,000 was collected in 81 regular home games last season.

One raffle ticket seller said the collection held a special place in his heart. He grew up in the Old Northeast shopping in the store that burned.

"To be able to assist their families, because every day they are sacrificing their family they are afraid of what’s going on but they still have that peace and to be able to give them something which will never replace what they lost is just such a blessing,” Mark Mohler said.

Mohler said his personal best for sales in one night was $7,000 before Wednesday night. He set a personal goal to sell at least $15,000 worth for firefighters.