Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt Offers a Generous Toast to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
April 4, 2008
From offering his personal financial support to hosting the Florida Chapter Palm Beach Office’s celebrated annual fishing tournament, Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt has long given generously to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in many ways. But never have his philanthropic efforts tasted this good.
Mike Schmidt will donate 100 percent of his proceeds from his new Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfandel to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Beginning in May, Schmidt will donate 100 percent of his proceeds from his new Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfandel—named after Schmidt’s 548 career home runs—to benefit cystic fibrosis research. The wine will be available for sale in Pennsylvania, the state in which Schmidt rose to legendary status with the Philadelphia Phillies, and online at www.charitywines.com.
“Mike has been a wonderful friend to the Foundation over the years,” says C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He is obviously a legendary athlete, but what we also know is that he is a very caring and committed man. This most recent act of kindness further demonstrates his dedication to helping the CF Foundation team win our battle to cure CF.”
Schmidt’s partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation began in 1999, when Brett Weinstein, the son of a close friend, passed away after a courageous 20-year battle with CF. Schmidt, then-retired and living in South Florida, established The Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle Invitational fishing tournament in memory of Brett and in support of the search for a cure. The tournament will celebrate its eighth year in May and has raised nearly $2 million for cystic fibrosis.
“I just really believe in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and in this cause,” says Schmidt. “Thousands of families with young children fight this disease every single day. And I believe it is our challenge and our duty to contribute as much as possible to the ongoing fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.”
The limited edition 548 Zinfandel is the latest wine to be named for a member of “The 500 Home Run Club,” an elite group comprised of the greatest home run hitters in baseball history, with wine proceeds going to the player’s charity of choice. The wine was produced by Eos Estate Winery of Paso Robles, Calif., and will be available in May.
For more information on Mike Schmidt, visit www.mikeschmidt.com.