By Alex Gallant
Special to 710Sports.com
Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 10 in a special pregame ceremony before the Mariners take on the Brewers.
On Aug. 9, the Hall of Fame Luncheon will take place, and the proceeds from that will help support a new endowment in Griffey's name at Seattle Children's Hospital.
The endowment will be a branch of the Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation, which helps Children's Hospitals in Seattle, Cincinnati and Florida, plus the Boys and Girls Club of America. It will fund pediatric cancer research.
Dr. Douglas Hawkins, Professor and Associate Chief for Seattle Children's Division of Hematology/Oncology, says the endowment will be very beneficial.
"The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Seattle Children's will help take promising new ideas through the key phases of clinical trials, individualized to each patient, to find what could become the next life saving therapy," Hawkins said.
Tickets for the luncheon are $100 and can be purchased by calling (206) 346-4011.
In addition to the Hall of Fame Luncheon, there is another avenue to help support this cause.
1,000 autographed, commemorative bats have been created and are on sale for $250 each, plus shipping and handling. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Seattle Children's Ken Griffey Jr. Family Pediatric Cancer Endowment.
The glossy black bats feature a laser-engraved, hand painted "Swingman" logo, the number 24, and Griffey's authentic signature.
To purchase, visit the Seattle Children's website or call (206) 987-8209.