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Robertson again raising money for disaster relief (plus a chat tomorrow!)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s been a while since we chatted, so let’s do that tomorrow. Plenty to talk about in the wake of an uneventful trade deadline, the Alex Rodriguez situation and the Yankees trying desperately to get back in the hunt without much time left. We’ll chat on Wednesday at noon. Hope to see you then.

For now, here’s another charitable event Dave Robertson has gotten himself into. He’s “competing” with Ryan Dempster to see who can raise the most money in the next two weeks. Robertson is, of course, raising money for High Socks for Hope. Follow this link to donate to his cause and help him win the competition. You could win the opportunity to meet Robertson on the field. 

Here’s the announcement from a group called Power of 2 that’s kind of staging this fundraising effort.

David RobertsonStarting today, the Boston Red Sox Ryan Dempster and the New York Yankees David Robertson, will take their rivalry beyond the pitcher’s mound and go online to see who can raise the most money for charity. It’s the Power of 2 – Baseball Edition.

Canadian Dempster, is supporting his Dempster Family Foundation and the quality of life of those affected by 22q Deletion Syndrome, while Robertson, an Alabama native, is supporting High Socks for Hope which helps families impacted by tragedies and natural disasters. Fans are asked to donate to Ryan and David’s charities as many times as they would like from now until Monday August 26th. The pitcher that receives the most donations will be crowned champion of the Power of 2. The loser will have to perform an embarrassing public stunt – having to arrive at Yankee Stadium in September as a super hero and participate in a game day press conference still in costume!

The Power of 2 (www.power-of-2.org), a fundraising initiative dedicated to unlocking celebrity power for social good, gives celebrities the opportunity to go beyond the usual gala events and use social media to make meaningful social impact.

“I love the idea of the Power of 2. It gives me a chance to get both my Canadian fans and Red Sox Nation involved in a cause that’s incredibly important to me,” said Dempster. “There’s so much more we can be doing for kids and families that are living with 22q and it starts with awareness and education. This is a fun way to tell the story about a incredibly serious issue.”

The Power of 2 is win-win-win: The charities get a big check to support their great work, Ryan and David have fun conversations with their online community, and fans get an opportunity to engage and support their favorite celebrity and an important social cause, with a chance to win a great prize – two tickets to a game, batting practice passes and a chance to meet your favorite pitcher at field level. Give and share the campaign at www.power-of-2.org.

“Growing up in Alabama I’ve seen first-hand the devastation caused by tornadoes and hurricanes, and the shattered families they leave behind,” said Robertson. “The funds we raise through the Power of 2 can help these communities rebuild, and what better way to do that than taking down the rival Red Sox.”

About Power of 2
Power of 2 is a PUBLIC Inc. initiative (www.publicinc.com) aimed at unlocking the power of celebrity for social good. PUBLIC is an agency, consultancy and incubator that believes everyone should profit by doing good. PUBLIC mobilizes people through innovative fundraising, advocacy and volunteer engagement campaigns for worthwhile causes. With the Power of 2, the principle is simple. Two celebrities go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for the charity that they are passionate about. The request to their fans is to give and get two friends to do the same and see who comes out on top. To up the ante (and the fun) there is a wager on the deal between the two celebrities. This August, it’s Ryan Dempster vs. David Robertson, may the best fundraiser win!

About the Dempster Family Foundation
The Dempster Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. The money raised from this campaign will help support the Dragonfly Forest Camp where medically fragile children diagnosed with 22q Deletion Syndrome can spend a week at summer camp completely free of charge. For more information visit: http://dempsterfamilyfoundation.org/.

About High Socks for Hope
High Socks For Hope was founded by David & Erin Robertson after tornadoes ravaged David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011. High Socks For Hope’s mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and to provide humanitarian services for individuals in need. For more information visit: http://www.highsocksforhope.com/.

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