Altoona native raising money

Altoona native Elliot Mast is passionate about baseball.

He’s also passionate about giving back to the people that helped him

Mast, a 15 year old, will hold an auction for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh during Wednesday night’s Curve game at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

All of the proceeds will help kids who are born with a clubfoot. Mast was born with one, but it was fixed. He is now able to play baseball for two local teams.

“If they wouldn’t have fixed it, I wouldn’t have been playing baseball,” Mast, who is entering ninth grade, said. “My charity is through baseball so I can give back to those kids that can’t play.”

Mast will auction off 13 items at the Curve game against Portland at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the auction.

The items include autographs from Michael Cuddyer, Chipper Jones, Wade Boggs and Troy Tulowitzki. A Ben Roethlisberger autographed jersey, tickets to a Steelers game and a Hines Ward signed picture will also be up for grabs.

He will also auction off a baseball basket, DelGrosso’s gift packs and a Jason Grilli T-Shirt.

Mast said his dad helps him get a lot of the items and his friends have helped him as well.

Mast said that he is still taking gift baskets and sports items to auction off at the game.

In the past three years, Mast has raised $15,000. At last year’s auction, he raised $3,800.

“I actually have a lot of friends give me a lot of support and back me up with what I do,” Mast said. “I get a lot of support from my teammates and people promoting it. It’s been great.”