Florida family lost everything in house fire including large collection of Tampa Bay Rays bobbleheads, will at least be going to Rays games this year
After learning of the Feb. 9 incident from one of Hager's co-workers in the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office, the Rays invited Hager and her family to Tropicana Field for Saturday's FanFest. The team arranged for the family to meet players and gave them eight-game ticket packages and gift certificates for team merchandise. And replacements were found for some of her son's collectibles.
"We lost it all, so the Rays were just wonderful in replacing some of it and letting us come here and try to have a fun day in all this," said Hager, a manager of civil court records. "It was good to get away for a day, we needed this. Everyone has been wonderful.""...
- 2/19/12, "Family that lost everything in a house fire get a hand from the Rays," Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pete Times), Topkin