Spirit of Giving Gala: Vintage Baseball

Join a party guaranteed to be a hit at Ironstone Farm’s baseball-themed Spirit of Giving Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4. The party is Ironstone Farm’s major fundraiser of the year, supporting the nonprofit programs that provide therapy for children with special needs, veterans and others.
This year’s gala honors Hall-of-Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley and sports anchor Bob Lobel for their spirit of giving and tremendous contributions in the community at large and to Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs specifically.
Known for its willingness to take a big swing at fun and reinvent itself each year, Ironstone Farm’s gala annually delivers something unexpected. This year’s “vintage baseball” theme comes with the tagline “Take Me Out to the Gala.” The party begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Jon Abrams and his Billy Joel’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Show will entertain the crowd with live music. Dinner, live and silent auctions for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and raffles for other great prizes are among the activities. Formal gala attire, including black-tie, is encouraged. People may sport their favorite team’s colors through ties and other accessories. Guest also are welcome to adopt a “vintage baseball” flair, along the lines of how fans dressed up to attend the World Series back in Ted Williams’ day.
All the money raised supports Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs. Ironstone Farm, on Route 133 in Andover, provides therapy for children and adults with special needs, people diagnosed with cancer, combat veterans who have experienced trauma, families at risk, elders with memory issues and a new program for people recovering from addiction – using the healing connection of horses and the farm environment.
(For tickets,visit http://mktix.com/chu/. You may also call the farm at 978-475-4056 or visit its welcome center at 450 Lowell St. (Route 133), Andover, MA)
For more information, please contact Neil Fater at Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056 Ext. 23 or at neilfater@challengeunlimited.org.


Dennis Eckersley’s 24-year career is one of the finest for any pitcher in Major League Baseball. He won 197 games and saved 390 more. He revolutionized the role of the closer and is seventh among the all-time save leaders. Known affectionately as Eck, he is a six-time All Star, and in 1992 he earned the coveted Cy Young Award and American League’s MVP, a rare honor for pitchers. Today he serves as a color commentator for the Boston Red Sox on NESN and on TBS during the MLB post-season. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. But he is celebrated at Ironstone Farm for his role on our Leadership Committee that is helping to renovate our buildings and expand our nonprofit programs – and for the day he visited and sat with our children, chatting, signing baseballs and giving them the gift of a lifetime!

A Boston sports-reporting icon for more than four decades, Bob Lobel has been a beloved sports-news anchor for WBZ-TV Boston, weekly sports program host of Sports Final and Patriots 5th Quarter, NFL and NBA game announcer, NCAA tournament sideline reporter and Fenway Park announcer. While we applaud his amazing career, more important
to Ironstone is Bob’s generous use of talent and celebrity to support charitable causes throughout New England, including Children’s Hospital, the Genesis Fund and others whose missions align with ours in helping children with disabilities. Long before Bob suffered with his own disability, he recognized the plight of others who had no voice. For this reason we award him Ironstone’s Joann Weber Award, named for a person of courage, caring and generosity where it counts the most.

Ironstone Farm thanks artist Joe Farnham for the use of his artwork for our save-the-date card and invitation. To see more of his vintage baseball art, visit www.drawntothegameart.com


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