By Chris Lindsley
In 2006, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts wanted to create a unique family-friendly event to benefit the University of Maryland Hospital for Children (UMHC). Roberts, who had open-heart surgery as a child, is passionate about giving back to kids, and has been a regular visitor to UMHC throughout his Orioles career.
The event he created is Brian’s Baseball Bash, and he is hosting his fifth Bash on August 22 at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall. Attendees get to mingle with Brian, other Orioles’ players and local sports stars while enjoying a night of games, great food and silent auction. What makes it stand out from other such events, though, is Brian’s passion for the event, and the cause.
On the family focus: “A lot of the events really feature adults raising money. I wanted to do something with our love for the kids and passion for the hospital that involved families, that families could do together.”
On his desire to interact with attendees: “The best part is that you get to have personal interaction with anybody that comes to the Bash and wants to come up and say hi. Most of the time I sign autographs for a long, long time and take pictures and try to communicate with the people that are taking time out of their day and taking money out of their pocket to support this event.”
On having raised $450,000 at previous Bashes: “It’s amazing to think that people would give their own money to something that has my name on it and supports the [UM Hospital for Children]. It really is humbling; I never would have thought I’d be in a position to be able to do something like that.”
Tickets to this year’s Bash are available here, or call Whitney Reeves at 410-328-3637.