This may not be the usual content for a Fan Post - but it is a call for help spearheaded by former CO residents Amanda and Brandon McCarthy and supported by the Athletics Community Fund - so I hope AN readers will understand. The Waldo Canyon fire (roughly 20,000 acres) came on the heels of the largest fire in CO history (over 87,000 acres, near Ft. Collins). Needless to say hundreds of homes have been destroyed and many, many more people's lives disrupted. Many have lost everything.
UPDATE JULY 1, 2012 11 AM CDT (16 UTC). The Waldo Canyon fire – which began on June 23 and is now being called the most destructive fire in Colorado history, with 347 homes destroyed – is now 45% contained, according to InciWeb. from http://earthsky.org/earth/violent-and-dangerous-wildfire-burning-in-colorado-springs
The auction organized by the McCarthys and held at the game on Tues raised over $10,000 which will go directly to agencies helping in the rescue and relief efforts. The fund-raising efforts are not yet at an end and you can still help.
Direct Donations: The A's have a site up to take direct donations - DONATE HERE
On-line Auction: Players from around MLB donated items and there will be an on-line auction of these items. As soon as the link is announced - I will post it here.
If this is a cause you can support - please do so at the donation site or the auction when it goes live.