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August 8, 2001
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Orioles Skybox Seats Available for 'Lou Gehrig's Disease' Fund-Raiser Celebrating Ripken Retirement

Cal Ripken, Jr. fans have the opportunity to celebrate his retirement in style while supporting an important cause that bears his name. The Baltimore Orioles have donated all 50 seats in their Camden Yards skybox for the August 31 and September 12 games to raise money for the Johns Hopkins ALS Cal Ripken, Jr./Lou Gehrig Fund. The fund supports research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease because it claimed the life of the former Yankee great.

The cost of each seat is $500. Each guest will receive food and beverages, a commemorative gift bag, batting practice observation, a tour of Camden Yards and special parking (handicapped-accessible parking also available). Corporate packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Raffle tickets for $10 each are also being sold for a cash prize of up to $25,000. All proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins ALS Cal Ripken, Jr./Lou Gehrig Fund.

The Johns Hopkins ALS Cal Ripken, Jr./Lou Gehrig Fund was originally established on September 5, 1995, by generous donations from the Baltimore Orioles, spearheaded by Orioles Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Peter Angelos, to commemorate Ripken's achievement of breaking Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games. The Fund supports research conducted by the Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Center scientists are working aggressively to find a cure for ALS and their discoveries have led to advances in understanding and treating the disease.

ALS is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the neuromuscular system. ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States, with up to 5,000 new cases diagnosed annually.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lora Clawson or Virginia Hoffman at 410-955-8511.

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