On November 10, 2007, nearly three years to the day when his mother died of cancer, Veal’s father was killed during a scuba diving trip. Without life insurance to help Donnie and his younger brother Devin, a trust fund has been set up. The Chiefs will have memorabilia for a silent auction during the Caravan and will also be raffling tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a signed Kerry Wood home Cubs jersey.
The items up for silent auction include: Signed Derrek Lee Cubs home jersey, Ernie Banks signed base, Ryne Sandberg signed Cubs hat, a Ron Santo signed baseball, a Rocky Roquet signed game-worn #35 Chiefs home jersey and a Chiefs 2007 game-worn road jersey signed by all Caravan attendees.
The silent auction items will be posted at the Chiefs Boosters table and at the Chiefs Ticket Table. All proceeds will go to the Donnie and Devin Veal Trust Fund. Tickets to the Caravan are still available with the doors opening at the Riverplex at 4:15 pm. Autographs begin at 5:45 pm with Ted Lilly, Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin, Rocky Roquet, Alan Trammell, Larry Rothschild, Randy Bush, Oneri Fleita and Cory Provus as guests.
Donnie Veal was the Chiefs ace pitcher during the first half of the 2006 season going 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 14 starts while leading the Chiefs to a first place finish. He spent the rest of 2006 in Daytona and all of 2007 with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. Devin is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona.
Fans wishing to join the Chiefs and the Cubs in donating to the trust fund may do so by sending checks payable to: The Donnie and Devin Veal Trust Fund, Smith Barney/Citigroup, 701 Market Street, Suite 1500, St. Louis, MO. 63101,
Attn: Brad Rippelmeyer.