Curve to Stage "Tie On for Taillon" Als Fundraiser OAugust 20, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Altoona Curve
Sunday night, Jameson Taillon, the Pirates' 2010 first round pick and number-two prospect in their organization as rated by Baseball America, will make his Double-A home debut in Curve, Pa. when the Curve host the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6 p.m. Coinciding with the right-hander's first home Eastern League outing, Sunday's "Tie On for Taillon" fundraiser is a play on the 2010 first rounder's name (pronounced "Tie-on").
Through Saturday, fans are invited to donate their old or unused neckties which will then be autographed by Taillon and sold for $10 at Sunday evening's game with proceeds from the sale going to "Operation Sandy Sunshine," as the Neil family's caregiving effort has been dubbed. Fans can donate their ties by dropping them off at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona anytime this week. The ballpark offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. through the end of the Curve games Thursday-Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of special red ALS wristbands for purchase for a minimum $2 donation will also go to the Neil family.
Maggie Neil is a rising star in the world of Minor League Baseball who currently works as Marketing and Promotions Manager for the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. A North East, Pennsylvania native, Maggie interned with the Curve and State College Spikes in 2007 before working for three seasons as the Promotions Director of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in South Carolina from 2008 through 2010. In 2011, the Penn State University alumna made the jump to Triple-A where her innovative ideas and unparalleled work ethic have established the G-Braves as a mainstay in the Atlanta-area community.
This past spring, Maggie's mother Sandy was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the nerve cells in both the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Established in 1985, the ALS Association, a Minor League Baseball charity partner, is a nationwide non-profit organization that spearheads research efforts around the globe, provides assistance for people afflicted with the disease, and more. More information on the ALS Association can be found on their website, www.alsa.org.
For tickets and more information, contact the Curve by calling 877.99.CURVE, checking out AltoonaCurve.com, or stopping by the ballpark.
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