EDITOR’S NOTE: Craig Breslow needs your help. Years after watching his 14-year-old sister successfully fight thyroid cancer, the Oakland A’s star reliever created a non-profit group to support pediatric cancer research. A week from this Saturday (10/13/2010), the Strike 3 Foundation will host its annual celebrity dinner in Stamford, Conn. Craig would like everyone at Jewish Baseball News to buy tickets if they can. If you can’t attend, please show your heart with a donation to his organization.

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My name is Craig Breslow, and I am a pitcher for the Oakland A’s, a Yale Graduate, and the Founder/President of the Strike 3 Foundation, a charity which raises funding for local pediatric cancer research and treatment centers. Over the last year, Strike 3 has contributed over $100,000 as a founding sponsor of Connecticut’s first pediatric bone-marrow transplantation program.

Our signature fundraiser, the First Pitch Celebrity Gala, will take place on Saturday, November 13, at the Stamford Hilton Hotel. The event will feature made-to-order hand-rolled sushi, wine tasting, raw bar, sit-down dinner, entertainment, and cake donated by Carlo’s Bakery, home of the Cake Boss. Last year’s keynote speaker was Nomar Garciaparra, followed by a musical performance by Reggae superstar Shaggy. Celebrities scheduled to attend this year’s event include 2-time MLB All-Star Andrew Bailey, Jack Cust, Rajai Davis, Vin Mazzaro, Kevin Slowey, Sergeant Slaughter, Howard Finkel, Matt Striker, Carl Bakes, Kim Jones, Suzyn Waldman, and many, many others. The evening will be hosted by former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Karl Ravech.

Tables may be reserved at a price of $1,950 for 10 tickets. Individual tickets also are available.  I urge you to please consider supporting such a meaningful cause.

Thank you,

Craig Breslow