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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Strike 3 makes you a winner at this event

NEW HAVEN — Oakland Athletics player and former Red Sox all-star Nomar Garciaparra is the guest speaker for the Strike 3 Foundation second annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Omni New Haven Hotal at Yale, 155 Temple St.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be given to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital to help enhance its Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program, organizers said in a statement.
"Bone marrow transplant is an area that has transformed the treatment of cancers and diseases that were incurable in the past," Craig Breslow, founder and president of Strike 3 Foundation saind in the statement. "We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment that will help bring us closer to a day when childhood cancer doesn’t exist."
The Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at YNHCH provides care and support to children and their families each year who would otherwise have to travel out-of-state for treatment. Strike 3 has pledged $500,000 to support enhancing the program, the statement said.
"Strike 3’s gift is helping Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital to further develop its exceptional transplant program. Craig and his foundation are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children battling cancer," Dr. Gary Kupfer, chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at YNHCH said, also in the statement.
The gala features live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $185 per person and include parking at the Omni. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.strike3foundation.org or call (203) 502-0007.
Breslow, a Trumbull native and Major League baseball player who pitches for the Oakland A’s, founded Strike 3 in 2008. Breslow’s sister is a survivor of childhood cancer and the foundation aims to heighten awareness, mobilize support and raise funding for childhood cancer research.

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