WHAT: The Patio in Tampa is hosting a fundraising event for the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House on Thursday, February 27. Funds raised during the event will help rehabilitate the Al Lopez house, create exhibits that chronicle more than 125 years of local baseball heritage and support the preservation of Tampa’s baseball legacy.
WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 – 10 p.m.
WHERE: The Patio, 421 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, Fla.
COST: $10 per person, which includes one drink (beer, wine or cocktail) and camaraderie with fellow baseball fans. Register at www.PatioTampa.com or by calling (813) 873-7846.
During the event, attendees can purchase tickets for the chance to win prizes, including:
• Two-night stay at the Epicurean Hotel, including brunch for two at Élevage, provided by Travel by Appointment.
• Baseball bat signed by Tampa Bay Rays’ outfielder (and Tampa native) Matt Joyce.
• Lower-level tickets to Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day 2014.
• Engraved bricks that will create a walkway alongside the Tampa Baseball Museum.
• Suite-level tickets to Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees spring training game on March 13.
• Gift cards to The Patio and The Outpost Tap House & Tavern.
WHY: The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House will be a home for celebration, preservation, and education of local baseball culture – from Little League to Major League, and everything in between, including: Factory, Inter-Social, Municipal, Cigar City, and Negro leagues.
The Tampa Baseball Museum will be located in the former home of Tampa’s first baseball Hall of Fame inductee Al Lopez, and cover more than 125 years of local baseball heritage with permanent and rotating exhibits. Opening is set for Fall 2014.
Interview Opportunities: Ybor City Museum Society president Chantal Hevia and curator Elizabeth McCoy; committee members who are working to open this museum; The Patio proprietors who are hosting the event.