This seems like as good a time as any to offer a reminder that Ryan Zimmerman’s annual “A Night At The Park” event will take place Thursday at Nationals Park, less than a week away. Zimmerman and his charity, ziMS Foundation, have hosted the concert and live auction for the past three years – his contract contains a clause that gives Zimmerman use of the stadium one night a year for the fundraiser.
This year, Third Eye Blind will be the musical act and, as in previous years, those in attendance can bid on baseball and other memorabilia in a silent auction. Last year, 800 people bought tickets. As of two weeks ago, Zimmerman said, “we almost doubled everything already.” For the first time, the event has come close to selling out.
“Everything is better than last year,” Zimmerman said. “That’s obviously the goal. It’s definitely cool. Kind of how it’s grown each year, it shows you what kind of people are in this city. It’s nice to see people come out and support something that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with them directly.”
Zimmerman founded ziMS shortly after he reached the major leagues in 2005, to benefit research to fight multiple sclerosis, the disease his mother, Cheryl, has lived with since his youth. The foundation, according to its web site, has donated more than $1,000,000 to research. Zimmerman holds annual events in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville, the places he grew up and went to college, as well Washington, the place he now calls home.
“It’s a fun night,” Zimmerman said. “It’s something kind of different you don’t really get anywhere else.”