Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Host Aspire Gala in Baltimore

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Event to feature Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Fergie Jenkins, Phil Niekro and Jim Rice

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will host the 14th annual Aspire Gala featuring Hall of Famers, former MLB All-Stars, World Series champions and other alumni. The event will take place on Friday, February 23rd with proceeds benefitting the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and MLBPAA.

The event will honor National Football League and University of California, Los Angeles Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden and Naismith Hall of Famer and former University of Maryland head basketball coach Gary Williams. Entertainment will be provided by musical guest Kool and the Gang.

Alumni players attending* the event include Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Fergie Jenkins, Phil Niekro and Jim Rice along with National Hockey League Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier, as well as Jim Coates, Doug Creek, Jack Fisher, Chuck Goggin, Ross Grimsley, Johnny Grubb, Jim Hannan, Ron Hansen, Dave Johnson, Brian Kowitz, John Stearns, Bill Swaggerty, Casper Wells and Fred Valentine. These 20 players combine for 235 seasons, 14,355 games, 48 All-Star appearances and seven World Series championships in Major League Baseball.

The gala will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront located at 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21202, starting with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. The event will continue at 6:45 p.m. with a dinner program.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or visit www.baseballalumni.com.

*Celebrity attendees subject to change.

About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 8,300, of which approximately 6,000 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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