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The Joe Martin ALS Rivalry Softball Challenge

$10,329

 

103% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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EVENT DATE: Jul 15, 2017

Batter Up! Join in on the 1st Annual Joe Martin ALS Rivalry Softball Challenge on Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. You can play, attend or sponsor! All funds raised will support The Joe Martin ALS Foundation.

Tickets/Sponsorships: Whether you want be a sponsor or buy individual tickets, we've got you covered! First, read your options below. Second, pick the player that you want to support by clicking on his or her page under "Top Individual" below. Then make your contribution based on your sponsorship or ticket selection. (e.g. Donate $25 for 5 tickets, $250 for Bronze sponsorship). You will receive your tickets, information regarding parking and what to bring via email before the event.

Tickets: Individual Ticket(s) - $5 apiece

Bulk Tickets: 5 tickets - $20, 10 tickets - $40

Sponsorships:

  • Grand Slam Presenting Sponsor: $5,000 - Verbal recognition at event including plaque presentation, opportunity to bring a tent and materials to share at event, opportunity to bring banner, logo on event signange, logo on cover of program, logo in headliner position on shirt, recognized in chapter newsletter that reaches over 1,200 households, logo prominently displayed on event website and social media pages. Entry for 50 people.
  • Triple Sponsor: $1,000 - Verbal recognition at event, opportunity to bring a tent and materials to share at event, opportunity to bring banner, logo on event signange, logo on cover of program, logo prominently displayed on shirt, recognized in chapter newsletter that reaches over 1,200 households, logo on event website and social media pages. Entry for 25 people.
  • Double Sponsor: $500 - Logo in program, logo on shirt, logo on event signage, recognized in chapter newsletter that reaches over 1,200 households, logo on event website and social media pages. Entry for 15 people.
  • Home Run Sponsor: $250 - Listed in program, logo on event signage, logo on shirt, listed on event website. Entry for 5 people.

To Play In The Game:  Click on "Set Up Your Fundraiser", then "Join A Team", then search for either Bob's Sox or Lou's Yankee. From there, you will follow the prompts to create your page. We are looking for 2 umpires and 2 coaches. Please email Sarah Hayden at sarahhayden@joemartinalsfoundation.org if you would consider helping in one of these roles.

Minimum to Raise: $100 through donations, tickets and sponsorships.

Fundraising Levels:

  • $100 - Minimum to play, includes custom game shirt and baseball cap.
  • $250 - Bronze Fundraiser includes shirt, cap and recognition in program.
  • $500 - Silver Fundraiser includes shirt, cap, recognition in program and verbal recognition during game.
  • $1,000 - Gold Fundraiser includes shirt, cap, recognition in program, verbal recognition during game including plaque presentation.

The team with the most money raised will earn special recognition!

Fundraising: Once you've created your page, share your personal URL with your contacts via social media and email and ask for their support!

Fundraising Tips and suggested schedule: Ask everyone you know! You never know who is connected to ALS or would like to support you! Personal messages and requests work the best when fundraising.

  • 6 weeks out: intro email and social media push                    
  • 3 weeks out: follow up email and social media push
  • 1 week out: follow up email and social media push
  • The day before game: Final email and social media push

The purpose of The Joe Martin ALS Softball Challenge: Lou Gehrig is widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the Major League Baseball.  From 1923 until his retirement in 1939, Gehrig played 14 seasons at first base for the New York Yankees.  Renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, Gehrig played an incredible 2,130 consecutive games earning him the nickname, "The Iron Horse". In July of 1939, he gave his famous "I'm the luckiest man alive" speech where he shared with his adoring fans the news of his diagnosis with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Along with his wife, Eleanor, Gehrig worked tirelessly to bring awareness and attention to the disease which is, to this day still, referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. This game is honoring his legacy and Bob Taylor's love of baseball to raise awareness and funds to support families with ALS>

About Robert "Bob" Taylor: In 1966, Bob graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves organization. Naturally left handed, like Gehrig, Bob played first base.  From 1966 to 1970, Bob played for the Braves, Cardinals, Reds and Pirates.  Most notably, while playing for the St. Petersburg Cardinals, Bob played  in the longest continuous baseball game in history, 29-innings, a record which stands to this day.   Born in Boston, Bob is a lifelong Red Sox fan. His friends and family have joined with The Joe Martin ALS Foundation to form the first annual Joe Martin ALS Rivalry Softball Challenge to raise funds to support local families with free homecare.

About The Joe Martin ALS Foundation: The Joe Martin ALS Foundation's mission is to help people live actively with free home care services. These include respite care, help with daily living such as bathing, meals and tolieting, wheelchair transportation, travel planning, caregiver training, online video training tutorials, volunteer assistance, care team organization and for the first time this year - Joe's Camp, a camp for kids whose family has been touched by ALS. All funds raised from this tournament will go to support The Joe Martin ALS Foundation and its services to those living with ALS.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Hayden at The Joe Martin ALS Foundation at (704) 332-1929 or sarahhayden@thejoemartinalsfoundation.org. 

Team Organizer's Photo

Bob's Sox

Amount Raised:

$7,994

Team Organizer's Photo

Lou's Yankees

Amount Raised:

$1,735

Team Organizer's Photo

General Support

Amount Raised:

$600