Tuesday, December 31, 2013
A Win-Win: Charity Events, Dinners for collectors to participate in.
One way I attempt to manage dreary and cold winters in New England is to find and participate in fun and local baseball events. These events are generally casual, family friendly, include food, auctions for authentic collectibles, meet and greets with prospects, current and past players and lots of autographs. Proceeds for these events usually go to charitable organizations such as team foundations, the Jimmy Fund or other philanthropies.
In New England, 4 of these events are scheduled in January. The Lowell Spinners, Portland Sea Dogs, Jimmy Fund and Boston Sports Writers Association are all hosting charity events with plenty of players available to meet. Each event has it's own set of rules, pricing and schedule.
For instance the Boston Sports Writers dinner has plenty of big name guests such as David Ortiz, Tom Glavine and members of the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox. However only kids 16 and under are allowed to acquire autographs.
The Jimmy Fund event has tiered pricing, which allows guests more or less autographs and either a ball or Red Sox replica jersey. People of all ages are allowed autographs and to meet players at this function. This also includes a lunch. Guests are usually top Red Sox prospects and one or 2 current players. AJ Pierzynski, the new Sox catcher is scheduled to appear.
The Lowell Spinners dinner has one price, and usually one autograph per person. Dave Roberts is the top guest scheduled for this function. They haven't listed any other significant guests to this point. Although in the past, this event usually had 10-12 guests. The Spinners usually have a great silent auction, live auction and a good dinner.
The Portland SeaDogs are also hosting an event in January. Their dinner will have Red Sox players Brandon Workman & Jackie Bradley Jr. as well as other guests in attendance. The Sea Dogs are limiting this event to 300 people and all in attendance will receive an autographed 8x10 photo of Jackie Bradley Jr and Brandon Workman.
So take advantage of these family oriented charitable and team events. You are not only supporting these respective organizations, but offering opportunities for fans of all ages to meet their favorite players in a very laid back setting.
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