Washington Nationals pitcher Gio González hosted his 2017 Uncork for a Cause charity program on July 27 with a special event to raise awareness and funding for The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Hialeah Baseball, Gio’s alma mater. Gio, his teammates* and special guests gathered at Teddy & The Bully Bar. The evening also served as the release party for Gio’s very own 2014 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine, available only during his event. Admission included food, beer and wine, plus a complimentary, limited-edition bottle of Gio’s 2014 red wine, of which only one barrel was bottled for Gio’s charity program. Guests enjoyed an enticing culinary menu specially designed by award-winning Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala, beer and wine, plus an auction featuring game used Nationals gear and memorabilia, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California’s elite producers, and travel opportunities to wine country. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region by supporting initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports. Through the generosity of Nationals fans and corporate partners, the Dream Foundation is using the power of baseball to provide a world of opportunity for area youth. Hialeah Baseball provides financial support and planning directly to the Hialeah High School baseball team, where Gio began his career and won two state championships. Funding supports the kids and team in many ways, including travel, field maintenance, equipment and provides opportunities on and off the field for Thoroughbreds baseball to excel. Proceeds from Gio’s 2016 charity event provided new home and road uniforms, hats and cleats for the team.
Photography by Mike Braaten