Great Strides 2007
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Phillies Legend Hits a Home Run for CF Research

Old Bahama Bay dock master Peter Watson joins Mike Schmidt at the Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle Invitational fishing tournament in May.

Former Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt hit another one out of the ballpark—this time, playing for Team CF. This summer, Schmidt’s cumulative fund-raising hit the $1 million mark, following the Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle Invitational, held at the world-class resort, Ginn sur Mer Old Bahama Bay, on Grand Bahama Island.

Known for his hands-on leadership, Schmidt is the key to the success of this upscale auction dinner and fishing tournament. Schmidt also has supported the CF Foundation’s efforts by serving as an honorary trustee of the Foundation’s national Board of Trustees.

“It’s an incredible feeling to see friends, the community and corporate sponsors all coming together for the CF cause,” Schmidt said. “Scientists need funds to develop lifesaving drugs for CF, and by working together to support them, we can help so many people with this disease.”

Schmidt first became involved after Brett Weinstein, a classmate and close friend of his daughter, lost his battle with cystic fibrosis. While awaiting a double lung transplant, Brett died in 1999 at the age of 20. The grief and courage of Brett’s parents, Debbie and Harris Weinstein, inspired Schmidt to help fight the disease. “When an opportunity came to raise funds for CF research in Brett’s name, I jumped on it,” he said.

Following Brett’s funeral, Schmidt gathered a few friends together to launch a fund-raising fishing tournament in his memory. This past May, Schmidt’s core group of friends joined more than 200 additional supporters and presenting sponsor Deutsche Bank for the seventh annual Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle Invitational, which raised more than $230,000 for CF research.

With his extraordinary commitment, Schmidt has proven to be not only one of baseball’s greats but also a champion for those with CF. “I can’t wait to start raising our second million,” he said.