Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Host Aspire Gala in Baltimore

Event to feature Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Fergie Jenkins, Phil Niekro and Jim Rice

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will host the 14th annual Aspire Gala featuring Hall of Famers, former MLB All-Stars, World Series champions and other alumni. The event will take place on Friday, February 23rd with proceeds benefitting the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and MLBPAA.

The event will honor National Football League and University of California, Los Angeles Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden and Naismith Hall of Famer and former University of Maryland head basketball coach Gary Williams. Entertainment will be provided by musical guest Kool and the Gang.

Alumni players attending* the event include Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Fergie Jenkins, Phil Niekro and Jim Rice along with National Hockey League Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier, as well as Jim Coates, Doug Creek, Jack Fisher, Chuck Goggin, Ross Grimsley, Johnny Grubb, Jim Hannan, Ron Hansen, Dave Johnson, Brian Kowitz, John Stearns, Bill Swaggerty, Casper Wells and Fred Valentine. These 20 players combine for 235 seasons, 14,355 games, 48 All-Star appearances and seven World Series championships in Major League Baseball.

The gala will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront located at 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21202, starting with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. The event will continue at 6:45 p.m. with a dinner program.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at nikki@mlbpaa.com or visit www.baseballalumni.com.

*Celebrity attendees subject to change.

About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 8,300, of which approximately 6,000 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) was formed in 1982 in order to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players. A nonprofit organization, the MLBPAA establishes a place where a player's drive for excellence and achievement on the field can continue long after they take their last steps off the professional diamond.

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