Chicago baseball legend Ernie Banks is launching his own wine labels with other members of the exclusive 500 Home Run Club, Mike Schmidt and Eddie Murray. The players will not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will support their favorite charity. Proceeds from Ernie Banks 512 Chardonnay will support his Live Above & Beyond Foundation.
All current 500 Home Run Club wines are produced by Eos Estate Winery out of Paso Robles, California. Expected retail per bottle of wine is $17.
President of Charity Wines, Andrew Graff: "We are honored to be working with such remarkable athletes on this project. Ernie’s 512 homers are amongst the most of all-time, and he is arguably the best Cubbie to ever play the game. What these men are doing for their communities are just as elite as what they did on the field.”
Liz Banks, Founder & President of the 500 Home Run Club, and also wife to Ernie Banks: “With 512 home runs, Ernie was each such a quality ballplayer that for him to launch a quality wine for charity seemed a natural fit. This spring, we are also releasing 500 Home Run Club wines for Eddie Murray in Baltimore and Mike Schmidt in Philadelphia. I'm thrilled the 500 Home Run Club could go to bat for this project.”
ERNIE BANKS – THE ERNIE BANKS LIVE ABOVE & BEYOND FOUNDATION
Mr. Cub launched 512 home runs in the friendly confines of Chicago. To spread his warmth to others, Ernie Banks built the Live Above & Beyond Foundation to eliminate prejudice, support programs that enhance neighborhoods and relieve discrimination among various age groups and races. They provide educational scholarships, donate sports equipment, and more. To lend support, call 800-676-7282.
MIKE SCHMIDT – CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
Michael Jack Schmidt is considered one of the greatest players of all time with 548 home runs, though he never fought any battles for his life or health. Mike Schmidt supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Learn more at www.cff.org.
EDDIE MURRAY – THE BALTIMORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Steady Eddie Murray hit 504 home runs, but he didn’t stop there. When Eddie Murray entered the Hall of Fame, he established a donor-advised fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation where he is actively involved in grantmaking to a number of charitable organizations including schools for at-risk children. To learn more, call 410-750-0000.
ABOUT CHARITY WINES
After personal tragedies involving friends and family with cancer and heart disease, Andrew Graff and John Corcoran decided to start Charity Wines, a philanthropic division of their Massachusetts based company, VinLozano Imports Inc. With the goal of pairing fine wine with great charities, the Longball Cellars and 500 Home Run Club Cellars brands were born. Nationwide, more than 30 professional athletes across baseball, football and hockey will have charity wines in 2008. Visit www.CharityWines.com.
ABOUT THE 500 HOME RUN CLUB
The 500 Home Run Club® LLC, is the exclusively authorized, internationally recognized organization founded to celebrate the awe inspiring achievements of the greatest home run hitters in baseball history. The club operates with the endorsement and support of both Major League Baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit them at www.500hrc.com.
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