The annual Music Industry Toronto Blue Jays Charity Baseball Game was held at Rogers Centre on Tuesday evening and was a home run hit. Organized by a volunteer committee led by Jon Box (Universal Music Canada), the event raised over $11,000 for Unison Benevolent Fund and MusiCounts. The initial goal of 500 tickets was easily exceeded, with 720 tickets sold to support the charities.
Over 300 people piled into Steam Whistle Brewery for a pre-party that included a silent auction with 28 prizes. Steam Whistle donated the party space and $1 from every beer sold.
Following the pre-game festivities, The Heavyweights Brass Band treated guests to a funky performance, which began inside the brewery and led the crowd outside to the Rogers Centre in a marching band style.
The only downside to the event? The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Minnesota Twins.
The event began in 2016, with 200 tickets sold and over $2,000 raised for Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research – Sunnybrook Foundation. In 2017, the fundraiser drew 400 attendees, with proceeds of over $4,400 going to Unison Benevolent Fund and MusiCounts.