Uncork for a Cause is Gio's wine release event that raises awareness and funds for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Hialeah Baseball, Gio's high school alma mater. Teammates and fans gather to enjoy the exclusive release of this limited edition wine that is only available at the event, all while bidding on unique auction items. More information for this year's event will be made available in the coming months.
In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bryce Harper hosts Harper's Heroes, a program treating families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. The VIP experience includes a private meet-and-greet with Harper, as well as a special batting practice viewing, tickets, T-shirts and NatsBucks.
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program giving scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Rendon sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet-and-greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets, complete with NatsBucks.
Daniel Murphy's faith is a driving force in his life. With the assistance of Baseball Chapel, Daniel shares with others active in the faith-based community how his faith and the hope guides his life both on and off the field. The monthly program includes a personal discussion of faith with Daniel, tickets to a Nationals game, on-field batting practice viewing and NatsBucks. Daniel also takes an active role in Faith Night at Nationals Park.
In an effort to raise funds for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Max Scherzer, and his wife Erica, host the Scherzer Showdown, a fantasy football fundraiser. This event offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play fantasy football with their favorite Washington Nationals players and other local celebrities. For more information visit scherzershowdown.com.
Ryan Zimmerman's commitment to the community is best illustrated through his work with the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in 2006, his first full season in the Major Leagues. The ziMS Foundation aims to raise money and awareness for programs benefitting those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease close to Ryan's heart. In 1995, his mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system.
Serving as the foundation's president, Zimmerman is actively involved in decision making and donates his time, money and image to promoting the Foundation. Though it remains staffed entirely by volunteers, including friends and family, the foundation has donated $3.0 million to organizations dedicated to the fight against MS.
Now in its ninth year, the ziMS Foundation's A Night at the Park benefit event, scheduled for May 17, has set a standard for the intersection of philanthropy, sports and music. More information will be made available closer to the event.