If this post looks familiar to long-time denizens of this space, it's most likely because you read this one last year.
What follows is a shameless solicitation, directed towards my friends and colleagues in the Puget Sound region and throughout the country, to provide financial assistance to some of the most innocent, wonderful people you will ever meet. If this particular type of conversation is not your pint of porter, so to speak, feel free to move on to the next entry. No harm, no foul.
August 20, 2006, after the conclusion of the Everett Aqua Sox game (probably around 5pm), will see the participants in the 3rd Annual Baseball Challenge charity baseball game take the field at Everett Memorial Stadium to risk (in my case, at least) substantially middle-aged ligament, cartilage, and miscellaneous other soft tissue for the benefit of the children and families of Cocoon House and the Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington. Cocoon House aids homeless and runaway youth in Snohomish County, Washington, while the Ronald McDonald House's work with the families of seriously ill children is known -- and felt -- throughout the world.
I've been involved in this effort since its outset, and it's truly a wonderful experience for all involved. Last year's game featured residents of Cocoon House joining each team. It was an incredible amount of fun for players and spectators alike.
At any rate, each player in this year's game has a $500 fundraising goal, which is where my earlier promise of a shameless solicitation is now realized. If you're willing to provide financial support to either or both of these incredibly worthy charities, please either contact me at my Microsoft email address if you've got it, post a private comment to this entry, or contact me here, and I'll get back to you.
If you've gotten this far, thank you. If you clicked the last link, bless you.