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On July 27, 2017, Washington Nationals Pitcher Gio González announced his 2017 Uncork for a Cause charity program with a special event at Teddy & The Bully Bar to raise awareness and funding for The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Hialeah Baseball of Hialeah High School, González’ alma mater. 

Gio González, along with his teammates and special guests gathered together at Teddy & The Bully Bar. The evening also served as the release party for the Pitcher’s very own 2014 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine, which was available only during this particular event. Only one limited-edition barrel was bottled for González charity program.

 

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A limited number of VIP tickets were available and included a private pre-event reception and upscale wine tasting from Far Niente Wine Estates. Also, guests had a photo opportunity with Gio and his teammates.

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Washington Nationals Player Max Scherzer serving drinks.
Courtesy Photo by Mike Braaten of PIXofDC

Guests enjoyed an enticing culinary menu specially designed by award-winning Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala, beer and wine poured by Nationals team players, as well as an opportunity to participate in an auction featuring Game-used Nationals gear and memorabilia, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California’s elite producers, and travel opportunities to wine country.

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Gio González in center, standing with guests in front of the backdrop of his fundraising event. Courtesy Photo by Mike Braaten of PIXofDC

The event was a success and All those involved to make this event happen are of the following:

Gio González is an outstanding athlete playing as a baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals. González is a Strikeout pitcher who has once set a Nationals record when he pitched 25 consecutive scoreless innings. He has called his curve balls a blessing taught by his father. His generosity and eagerness to help the children who grew up from roots similar to his upbringing, thus allows for this event to occur.

Uncork For A Cause is a collection of people, professional athletes, and celebrities working together to give back to the communities where they live, have lived, and work.  Developed by TAG Sports, it was created as a way to bring the world of fine wines and unique, personalized collectibles to eager fans, and to benefit those in need through various local and national foundations.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D. C. area by supporting initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports. Through the generosity of Nationals fans and corporate partners, the Dream Foundation is using the power of baseball to provide a world of opportunity for area youth.

Hialeah Baseball provides financial support and planning directly to the Hialeah High School baseball team, where Gio began his career and won two state championships. Funding supports the kids and team in travel expense, field maintenance, equipment and provides opportunities on and off the field for Thoroughbreds baseball to excel. Proceeds from Gio’s charity event provided new home and road uniforms, hats and cleats for the team.

Teddy & The Bully Bar is a salute to Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most popular and gallant American Presidents. Locally sourced menu, distinctive bar program and stunning interior design by DC artist Maggie O’Neill, the venue captures the essence of Teddy. Known to host incredible private events, corporate functions, weddings and gatherings of all kinds, and accommodates a lively Happy Hour to anyone who walks in.

Baseball Season Tickets for all 2018 regular season home games at National Park are on sale nowOpening Day tickets will go on sale on Today, March 8, 2018 at Noon. Opening day is April 5, 2018 at 1:05PM.

Written by Jessi Kim

Co-Founder, Marketing & Operations Director of Sharing the Details, a comprehensive Gala, Red Carpet, and Events blog that showcases the philanthropic and glamour scene of Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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