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Baseball organizations team up for casino night

3 July 2008

NEW YORK -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Richmond based Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) will attempt to heighten the awareness of their efforts and raise much needed funding by hosting a star studded event in New York City during the MLB All Star weekend. MJBL, a 42-year-old non-profit organization and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) have teamed up to present the first annual 'Casino Night' on Sunday, July 13, 2008. A charity event that will converge professional athletes, celebrities, and a few lucky fans that will come together for an unforgettable night held at the world famous 40/40 Club in Manhattan to raise funds to continue the efforts of MJBL.

For one night the 40/40 will be turned into a casino with full slot machines, poker, black jack and roulette tables. The tournament will be open to 200 celebrity participants and a limited number of the general public. Attendees will also have the chance to bid on items from former MLB Stars like Yogi Berra to current stars like Ryan Howard via a silent auction. Casino Night will be hosted by Maxim feature model Michelle Bernard. Invitees include a blend of stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment. There will also be a special presentation to Chicago Whitesox VP Eddie Einhorn who without publicity or fanfare has been a major contributor to the South Harlem Reds, a New York MJBL affiliate. MJBL is endorsed by Hall of Famer and ESPN personality Joe Morgan, as well as the late Bobby Bonds, father of all time Home Run King Barry Bonds. Both Bobby Bonds and Barry have been in attendance for past MJBL events.

MJBL hopes that by coming to baseball's largest stage, New York City, that the people will finally take notice of the issue and more importantly do something about it. "When Jackie Robinson's Anniversary came around, players and corporations said they wanted to do something about this issue. We are giving them an opportunity to be a part of America's longest standing African American Baseball league and this event represents our challenge to America to help us make a difference," says MJBL Executive director William Forrester, Jr. Recognizing the importance of inner city programs like the MJBL, BET Networks has signed on as a sponsor for the organization.

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