Design Home gala benefitting children's hospital
A famous bat from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs will be featured at a charity auction on Thursday.
The 2017 Design Home gala will include a bat from former Chicago Cub Matt Szczur, who lent his bat to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo during the National League Championship.
Rizzo was a key cog in the first World Series Championship in Chicago Cubs franchise history since 1908 — and the first World Series appearance since 1945 — with the use of Szczur’s bat being credited to breaking Rizzo’s playoff slump.
Design Home is a private presentation of Wayne and Angela Visbeen’s live-work space in East Grand Rapids, at 662 Croswell Ave. SE.
The event runs from 6-9 p.m. on June 29. Tickets cost $200 each and can be purchased online.
Dinner and cocktails are included in the night, with restaurant owner Eric Chaitin cooking for the Alley Party, and Love’s Ice Cream catering dessert from its ice cream truck.
A.K. Rikk’s will provide gifts for the first 100 tickets, with the event limited to 200 guests.
Szczur, now with the San Diego Padres, was looking for an architect on the website Houzz and found Wayne Visbeen, who then designed a home for the major leaguer.
“We set up a meeting and immediately hit it off,” Szczur said in an email to the Business Journal.
Szczur was not on the official playoff roster, but he was with the team during the historic World Series run.
The bat is the same model as the bat Rizzo used during the playoff run, including hitting a home run his first time using the bat in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which turned around Rizzo’s slow performance. The exact bat Rizzo used is in Szczur’s personal collection.
Szczur also sent a signed Mark McGwire baseball.
Auction items went live on OrbitbidCharity.com on Tuesday, and potential bidders can begin bidding on items.
Also included in the night are Detroit Tigers packages, a personal training and nutrition coaching package and a weekend lease from The Sharpe Collection, among others.
The auction will benefit Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which needs more than $4 million to support its efforts to provide clinical trails, research and patient support.