Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber Raises More Than $206,000 at 'Curveball for a Cause' Gala
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
(SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) – On
Monday night, Cleveland Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber hosted his second annual
fundraising event in Cleveland for his Kluber Family Foundation at the Metropolitan
at the 9 Hotel. The event, called ‘Curveball for a Cause,’ benefitted outreach
programs for the Kluber Family Foundation, and it featured Kluber and 20
current and former Indians players mingling with nearly 200 guests in
attendance. Attendees were treated to a lively cocktail reception, plated dinner
and a live and silent auction. More than $206,000 was raised in support of the Kluber
Family Foundation, including a $25,000 donation pledged by Kluber himself.
the event, Kluber spoke at length about his foundation and why his mission of assisting
families with seriously and chronically ill children is so important to him and
his wife, Amanda. They also recognized 11-year-old Grady Schlabach and his family
at the event for their courage and sacrifice. Grady, who participated in the
‘Kluber’s Kids’ program in June, has been battling cancer for several months.
His fight against his illness has proved to be an inspiration for the
foundation’s mission and outreach.
of the ways the Kluber Family Foundation fulfills this mission is through the
newly-founded ‘Kluber’s Korner’ program, which installs state-of-the-art tech
lockers in local pediatric hospitals as a way of providing entertainment during
extended hospital stays. The inaugural ‘Kluber’s Korner’ was unveiling in June
at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Through the funds raised on
Monday evening, Kluber will be able to launch his second ‘Kluber’s Korner’ in
and I have spent a lot of time over our years here in Cleveland visiting
hospitals and interacting with kids and families,” said Kluber. “We are truly
inspired by seeing what they deal with every day and how gracefully and
courageously they do it.”
Knott, Cleveland Indians reporter, served as the event’s emcee and utilized the
excitement and energy from the Indians’ battle for a wild card spot to generate
donations throughout the evening. Kluber’s teammates showed up in force to
support his mission of impacting the lives of seriously ill youth. Indians
players in attendance included Jason Kipnis, Shane Bieber and Brad Hand.
more information and to see photos, please visit the foundation’s social media
accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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