A couple charitable notes

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala: Is this Saturday night, May 2nd, at the Gaylord National Resort. All players and Manny Acta will be on hand. The dinner will be emceed by Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble as well as player introductions by radio guys, Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes. The theme of the 2009 Dream Gala is “Answer The Call to Service in Our Communities”, with all proceeds benefitting the initiatives of the Foundation. The silent auction and live auctions are the best part, IMO, and benefits The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation’s programs focused on children’s education, health and recreation. The cornerstone programs of the Dream Foundation are the creation of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, in partnership with the District government, that will teach the game of baseball and provide after-school educational programs for children in the District; the creation of the Washington Nationals Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center, a world-class facility that will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting families of children with diabetes; and the Neighborhood Initiative, benefitting the Earth Conservation Corps, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and numerous local non-profit organizations with grants, in-kind donations and additional resources.

For more information on the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation visit washingtonnationalsdreamfoundation.org

Baseball Equipment Drive May 1-3: In partnership with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Nationals will be accepting new and gently used baseball equipment at the Centerfield Gates for the next three games (Friday thru Sunday). The equipment, along with a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will be awarded to the DC Public High School Athletic Departments in honor of Nationals Pitchers Shairon Martis and Scott Olsen, as part of the recently-announced Nationals DC Public High School Initiative. The initiative also includes the opportunity for all DC Public High School Baseball teams to host one two-hour practice at Nationals Park, as well as an invitation to all DC Public High Schools to select one home game from a list of available dates to be billed as their night at the ballpark, which includes complimentary tickets for all students in the school and both a pregame and scoreboard recognition. So don’t forget to bring some gear!