MILWAUKEE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will host the inaugural Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament on Thursday, June 26, at Mustang Alley from 4-7 p.m to benefit Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' Play Baseball summer program.
"I couldn't be more excited to host this event and give back to the Baltimore community," said Machado. "Having the opportunity to be involved with a great organization like the Baltimore City Foundation is huge. I'm excited for it and I know my teammates will be looking forward to it as well.
"Baltimore is a baseball town and our Play Baseball League is essential to keeping kids active and creating lifelong fans of the sport," said director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Ernest Burkeen. "We are glad to have Manny's support for this program and look forward to a long and positive relationship."
This event will consist of two games at seven frames each, made up with teams of five bowlers. Each team will be paired up with a celebrity participant. Several athletes from the local sports community are expected to be attendance. A silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and other unique items will be available for bidding throughout the event.
Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000 with all proceeds benefitting the Baltimore City Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which supports Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' Play Baseball summer program for children ages 9-12. For more information regarding sponsorships, please contact Kimberly Crossett at 310-525-3755 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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