The event also boasts giveaways and surprise guests.
Virginia Beach's own Chris Taylor, of LA Dodgers fame, is hosting a charity event called Homerun for Hope the night of March 26 from 8-10 p.m. EST. All proceeds will go to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) and the Roc Solid Foundation—two esteemed organizations that specialize in pediatric cancer patients and their families.
The benefit is one night only and promises "intimate performances" by country music stars Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, and Scotty McCreery, "along with some very special surprise guests." They are also promoting celebrity auction items and giveaways. Hosted by Taylor, it is a completely virtual event to fight against pediatric cancer. A minimum $40 donation grants you a "ticket" to the live-streamed performances and automatic entrance to various drawings and prizes.
Taylor attended Cox High School, graduating in 2009, and was named the Virginia Class AAA State Player of the Year. He went on to play with the University of Virginia for two years before joining the major leagues. Taylor went on to receive the NLCS MVP award, play in the World Series, plus many other lauded accomplishments.
A close childhood friend of Chris Taylor passed away in 2019 due to a form of bone cancer. More recently, Taylor has come to know and befriend a 12-year-old boy, Dalton Fox, who lives down the street from Taylor's parents. Dalton is also battling Ewing sarcoma yet tries to maintain a normal 12-year-old life despite having lost a leg in his fight with the disease. Taylor found Dalton to be "an inspiration in his own right" and formed Homerun for Hope. On the website, he describes how cancer has affected his life over the years and notes that "there are still so many kids that can be saved from this devastating disease," and says he is "determined to not let Dalton or anyone else go through this fight alone."
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