Thursday, July 08, 2010

Ryan Zimmerman's A Night At The Park To Benefit The ziMS Foundation

"We’ve talked about doing something up there before, but with Ryan getting the long-term contract (in Washington), it all really kind of fell into place," said Cheryl Zimmerman, Ryan's Mom.

"And it’s going to be a good night," stated Ryan Zimmerman, "In fact, I think it’s going be special."

Mark August 9th down on your social calendar. The ziMS Foundation is making a big splash with their first ever charity event in the Washington, D.C. area. Since its humble beginnings as a grass roots organization in 2006 to help his mother (Cheryl) and others affected by Multiple Sclerosis, Ryan Zimmerman's foundation has grown to assist those in need in not only in the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia, but at The University Of Virginia Department of Neurology in Charlottesville and The Arlington Virginia YMCA, among others.

Nationals Park the new launch site for the ziMS Foundation's fund raising efforts in Washington, D.C.

"Ryan Zimmerman's A Night At The Park" will feature special performances by Magician David Blaine, Musician Amos Lee, and the acoustic/pop/soul group Mutlu. A silent and live auction will be conducted that evening while guests are entertained with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There is even a sit down gourmet meal in The Lexus Presidents Club--for specific ticket purchase holders.

"Brodie Van Wagenen (Ryan's Agent) and the guys at my agency (Creative Artists Agency) were the main factors that put this all together," says Zimmerman. "As part of my contract, I get to use the stadium. What better way to raise money for our cause?”

The great appeal of reaching out to a new community for Zimmy and his family in hopes of raising the awareness to The ziMS Foundation's goal of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

"We are really excited because this will give us the opportunity to reach a new group of people," continued The Z-Man. "More people will know what we are all about. This (Inaugural Night At The Park) will be by no means small, but at some point, we are going to have to have a big concert that will fill this park up. So this is the first step to branching out and hopefully over the next few years this event will get bigger and better as we find our foothold in D.C.”

If you've ever attended any of The ziMS Foundation Galas & Golf Tournaments, you know how hard Ryan's parents, Cheryl & Keith--and their family and friends work, before and during the events--to make everything happen. For "Ryan Zimmerman's A Night At The Park" on August 9th, The Creative Artists Agency is handling all the details.

Ryan Zimmerman: “And that is great for my parents. They've worked hard, obviously, on the Golf Tournament and Gala. They deserve this chance to just come up here, relax, have a great time--all to benefit our foundation.”

"You’ve got that right," agreed Cheryl. "We love it!!"

General Admission ticket prices begin at $75 and include the Amos Lee & Mutlu performances, access to a cash bar, plus the silent and live auctions.

The Elite Level Ticket price is $175 and includes preferred seating to the Mutlu and Amos Lee live performances; access to the silent auction and preferred seating to the live auction; open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres in the PNC Diamond Club; Plus, special meet and greet opportunities with current Washington Nationals players.

The VIP Ticket costs $500 and includes an exclusive VIP performance by David Blaine; VIP seating for Mutlu and Amos Lee live performances; access to the silent auction and VIP seating to the live auction; open bar and gourmet dinner in the Lexus Presidents Club; Ryan Zimmerman autographed baseball; complimentary valet parking; and a post concert VIP reception in the Lexus Presidents Club.

And Ryan believes he won't have any problem getting some of his Washington Nationals teammates to attend the ziMS Foundation's first D.C. event for his cause: “I don’t think they will have any problem coming. When you have a little music, David Blaine and some cool stuff going on surrounding it--it’s not hard to get them here. Besides, it should be a lot of fun, not only for them, but for everyone that attends."

Tickets can be purchased at this link.

The Home Plate Gate Doors will open at Nationals Park at 6:30PM on August 9th.

Valet & VIP Parking in Lot A. Free Parking also available in Garages B & C at the ballpark.

The silent auction begins with the cocktails and food served beginning at 7:00PM.

The VIP David Blaine performance is scheduled for 7:30PM.

The live auction at 8:30PM and the Amos Lee & Mutlu concert set for 9:00PM.

The VIP Reception for VIP Ticket Holders to begin afterwards in The Lexus Presidents Club.

"It’s going to be awesome and great fun to be able to start something up here (in D.C.) and do something special," concluded Ryan Zimmerman, "while helping along a cause that’s close to me and my family's hearts.”

Mark August 9th on your social calendar. "Ryan Zimmerman's A Night At The Park" to help The ziMS Foundation find a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Here is a select list of items to be available in either the silent or live auctions that night for bidders. If some of this stuff doesn't get you excited to support a good cause, we don't know if anything will? There are some terrific items upcoming in these two auctions on August 9th. And more being added to the final lists.

Jimmie Johnson Experience – Full VIP access to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on October 10th, 2010. Includes meet and greet with four time reigning Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson

Saddlebrook Resort Experience – A private work-out with Ryan’s personal trainer alongside Ryan and 15 other MLB stars at Saddlebrook Training Facility in Tampa, FL

Major League Baseball Tour of America Package – Tickets to every MLB stadium in America

US Open Tennis Package – Stay includes courtside seats to the 2010 US Open, dinner at Tao, and “Rock of Ages” Broadway tickets

New York Yankees Package – Pre-game, on-field access, stadium tour, and Legends seats to Red Sox / Yankees game

Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island Package in the Bahamas

Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea Package

Canadian Train Adventure Package

Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas Package

American Idol - Live Taping Ticket Package

Reserved seats to Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5 concerts in Bristow, Va

Signed and game-used items by: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Eli Manning, Derek Jeter, Lebron James, Roy Halladay, Peyton Manning, Barry Sanders, Patrick Kane, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Buehrle, Andre Agassi, Tony Romo, James Blake and many more!

More updates on auction items and celebrity attendee list to come on Nats320 as Ryan Zimmerman's A Night At The Park August 9th date approaches.

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