Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pros Rally For A Good Cause At Camp For A Cure

The debate over ALCS Game 5 bullpen management continued to rage at PTownJr's baseball game today. EV-eryone had an opinion. Concensus: huge screwup. I have a feeling Game 6 will bring an (even more) intolerable night of TBS commentary. Those guys are gonna be all over Maddon like a Craig Sager suit.

Joe, just play your game. Make and adjustment and move on.

Speaking of kids and baseball, the 5th Annual Camp For A Cure is coming up.
This is such a neat thing. I hope someday it catches on in
other towns.

Camp For a Cure is a youth baseball camp held each fall that raises funds for The American Cancer Society and Lupus Foundation of America. The camp is staffed by Northern California baseball players (both amateur and professional), pro scouts and high school coaches who donate their time to maximize the camp's potential. Since its 2004 inception, Camp For A Cure has raised nearly $40,000 for cancer and lupus research.
The 5th annual camp will be held Saturday, November 8st at the Casa Grande High School Baseball complex. (Rescheduled from November 1st due to a major rainstorm.) There will be a silent auction from 8-noon and an autograph signing session throughout the day.
The All-Star Coaching Staff will be headlined by Petaluma’s own Jonny Gomes of the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays. (Take a minute to read that out loud. It's pretty awesome.) Brandon Morrow, starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners will also be there along with other Petaluma area pros including Joey Gomes and Chad Fillinger of the Joliet Jackhammers, Tommy Everidge who had a tremendous year with the Midland Rockhounds (Oakland A's organization) and Louis Ott (Detroit Tigers Organization). See the Camp For A Cure website for a complete list of the 2008 Coaching Staff.
Campers pay a requested donation of $50 to attend camp, which includes a Camp T-Shirt and wristband if they register by October 20th. Registration forms are available on the Camp Website, the Athletic Edge Fall Ball Snack Shack on Saturdays and Sundays (Petaluma National Little League field on Kenilworth Drive adjacent to the Fairgrounds) and at the Athletic Edge Batting Cages (260 Water Street, Suite F, Petaluma).

A BBQ and Silent Auction during Camp bring athletes and the community together to battle these diseases. Families are invited to enjoy the BBQ and auction while players hone their skills at Camp. Gloves, bats and other signed memorabilia donated by players, scouts, and coaches were among the most popular sports items in past years. Restaurant certificates, movie passes, and merchandise donated by local merchants kept other auction goers in the bidding.

I'm the Camp's Silent Auction Skipper. If you would like to donate a Silent Auction item, perhaps in honor of a loved one that has battled cancer or lupus, please email me at .

The Camp For A Cure Story…
Three area coaches founded Camp For A Cure in 2004.
Paul Maytorena, Dan Leslie, and Gregg Adams were inspired by family members and close friends battling cancer and Lupus. They saw an opportunity to use a life long love of the game to fight back against these tragic diseases. Peers and pros rallied around the idea of a premiere youth baseball camp staffed by volunteers of the highest caliber. Kids signed up by the hundreds to learn from the best baseball talent in the region including Petaluma's own MLB star, Jonny Gomes who lost his high school coach to cancer.

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