Toys for Kids Dinner Auction Raises More Than $200,000

Rick Rizzs and Al “Moose” Clausen at the 13th Annual Toys for Kids Dinenr and Auction.

Rick Rizzs and Al “Moose” Clausen at the 13th Annual Toys for Kids Dinner & Auction.

The 13th annual Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction was held on Saturday at the Harbor Club in Bellevue, and raised over $200,000 to help homeless and disadvantaged kids this Christmas.

The annual event is hosted by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former player Dave Henderson, with the help of the Mariners RBI Club.

Auction items, including several Mariners items, helped raise over $200,000 for charity.

Auction items, including several Mariners items, helped raise over $200,000 for charity.

Several former Mariners players were in attendance to help raise money, including Bill Krueger, Dan Wilson and John Olerud. Current Mariners outfielder Raul Ibañez also took part in the event and there was a surprise appearance from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Toys for Kids host Rick RIzzs.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Toys for Kids host Rick RIzzs.

The Seattle Mariners RBI Club awarded Eric and Kate Wedge the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award, an annual award given during our dinner and auction to a past or present member of the Mariners organization who has made a significant contribution to the community.

Eric and Kate Wedge received the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award.

Eric and Kate Wedge received the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award.

With all the money raised, Rizzs and an entourage of  shoppers start clearing shelves at local toy stores beginning December 4. We’ll have an update on this blog after the first few shopping events. Thanks for all the helped raise money for a wonderful charity!

Photos courtesy of Rick Takagi Photography

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