Monday, August 14, 2006

One Memorable Sunday

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Saturday’s pre-game get-together at the Town Hall Brewer was nice, with about 20-30 Twins fans showing up, all of whom were treated to appetizers, GameDays and a round of beers by the GD owners. Thanks to all for showing up and talking baseball. I’m looking forward to doing that again….

And, in fact, there’s another event this weekend that you may be interested in, especially if you have kids. It’s not only an opportunity to spend some solid baseball/family time together, but it’s providing a unique opportunity that might impress the heck out of your kids.

Tix for Tots is a non-profit with a mission that sounds simple, but isn’t. The idea is to take tickets that would otherwise go unsold to various events – sports, theater, etc – and distribute them to kids who would otherwise not be able to attend events. That includes asking all kinds of organizations for their unused tickets, getting them ahead of time, and distributing them to various non-profits. You can imagine just how labor intensive this can be, given the short turn-around time on unused tickets. The Voice of Reason and I have been involved with this charity more or less since its inception, and the founding couple are friends of ours.

THIS SUNDAY (the 20th), they’re having a special fund–raising event at the Metrodome, with proceeds going to the charity. Basically, you buy a ticket and get:
  • a picnic lunch donated by Bonn Appetit,

  • kids entertainment (magician, clown, face painting...)

  • a silent auction

  • and get to participate in a pregame parade to the Metrodome field for a ceremony and the first pitch.
It’s one thing to run the bases (which I also assume your kids can also do after the game, since it’s Sunday). It’s another thing entirely to be on the field with 35,000 people in the stands waiting for the Twins to wipe out the White Sox. Needless to say, the Voice of Reason and our brood have already bought tickets.

The only caveat I’ll give is that the tix are pricey - $25 for adults and $15 for kids 2-14 years old. And they’re more if you buy them the day of the game, so go to for details on how you can buy them early. But, as I said, it's a also great cause.

TVOR, the kids, and I hope to see you there.

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