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Roberts' charity event just around the corner

Roberts' charity event just around the corner

BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts will host the fifth annual Brian's Baseball Bash at Dave and Buster's in Arundel Mills, Md., on Sunday and there are still tickets available for those interested.

The event will try to build on last year's success, which raised $200,000 for the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Fans can mingle and get autographs from Roberts and other Orioles players while enjoying a night of games, food and a silent auction.

"It's been a humbling experience to have this going for five years now, raise the kind of money we've raised and to know that people were willing to give their time and hard-earned money to support a good cause," said Roberts, who will once again support UMHC's Pediatric Cardiopulmonary and Child Life Programs with the money raised.

Roberts said the idea came from his passion to help children and his own life-threatening experience with open-heart surgery when he was five.

"Being in the hospital, I can relate to what they are going through, what their families are going through [and] what my parents went through," Roberts said of UMHC's patients. "So I thought the two meshed as well as anything could mesh for me."

Tickets for this year's event are $200 for adults and $150 for children under 12 and it includes parking, a Dave and Buster's game card, dinner, dessert and cocktails in addition to the rare chance to interact with some of the Orioles. For more information, visit www.briansbaseballbash.org.

"A lot of [fundraising] events are catered toward adults," Roberts said. "I thought this was a great mix -- to be able to bring families, bring kids, where they can [do things like] shoot hoops with [Orioles pitcher] Jeremy Guthrie for two hours.

"There [are] not too many times when you are going to get 15, 20 baseball players on the same team, in the same spot."

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