Warning: what follows is a shameless solicitation, directed towards my friends and colleagues in the Puget Sound region and throughout the country, to provide financial assistance to some of the most innocent, wonderful people you will ever meet. If this particular type of conversation is not your pint of porter, so to speak, feel free to move on to the next entry. No harm, no foul.
August 14, 2005, after the conclusion of the Everett Aqua Sox game, will see the participants in the 2nd Annual Baseball Challenge charity baseball game take the field at Everett Memorial Stadium to risk (in my case, at least) substantially middle-aged ligament, cartilage, and miscellaneous other soft tissue (and a left knee which underwent surgery in March) for the benefit of the children and families of Cocoon House and the Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington. Cocoon House aids homeless and runaway youth in Snohomish County, Washington, while the Ronald McDonald House's work with the families of seriously ill children is known -- and felt -- throughout the world.
A group of enterprising Microsoft employees saw the success of the ongoing Hockey Challenge and wondered if its success could be duplicated with a baseball game. I was slated to play in last year's innaugural Baseball Challenge, but health issues precluded my direct participation. I did, however, join in the fundraising end of things and almost even pulled my weight in an event that raised over $25,000.
At any rate, each player in this year's game has a $500 fundraising goal, which is where my earlier promise of a shameless solicitation is now realized. If you're willing to provide financial support to either or both of these incredibly worthy charities, please either contact me at my Microsoft email address if you've got it, post a private comment to this entry, or contact me here, and I'll get back to you.
If you've gotten this far, thank you. If you clicked the last link, bless you.