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Monday, March 22, 2010

Washington, DC sports personality Ivan Carter to emcee DC SCORES Soccer Ball

If you are a sports fan, the DC SCORES Soccer Ball is the place for you Wednesday night. There might not be any March Madness action, but the annual fundraiser inside Union Station will feature local sports celebrities as well as sports-centered auction items.

The emcee of the Soccer Ball (buy tickets) will be Ivan Carter, a big name within the District’s sports journalism industry. Carter spent four years writing for The Washington Post, covering college basketball and the Washington Wizards during their playoff years. Then last April, Carter joined Comcast SportsNet as the host of “Washington Post Live,” a sports talk show about the teams in the District.

So if you want to hear an opinion or know anything related to DC sports, Carter is the man to listen to. And Wednesday, he’ll run the Soccer Ball, introducing speakers and performers and encouraging guests to bid on the silent auction items to support DC SCORES (more on that later).

Carter won’t be the only sports figure in attendance, however. A host of local professional soccer players will attend the event, including Brittany Bock and Alex Singer of the Washington Freedom and D.C. United players. And those are just the confirmed players. Don’t be surprised to see other local pro athletes inside Union Station among the hundreds of guests.

But back to the auction items. While there will be dozens of packages to bid on – some pricey, but some cheap and affordable for anyone; and some with thick ties to this city, such as a Joe Theismann autographed football, as just one example – we have put together five super packages.

Guests can buy tickets – one for $25, two for $50, three for $75, five for $100, etc. – and then drop them into any of the items’ containers for a chance, or two or five, at going home with one, or more, of the prizes. Below are descriptions of the packages, whose winners will be announced after the spoken-word performance by the students of Arts & Technology Academy.

Weekend Night Stay at Park Hyatt Washington with Breakfast at Blue Duck Tavern
Treat yourself to a weekend night stay in a Signature park Deluxe room at the luxurious Park Hyatt Washington and wake up to breakfast for two at the award-winning Blue Duck Tavern. (Park Hyatt Washington).

April in Harrah's
Make an April escape to the Endless Summer at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. This package includes two nights in a luxurious Waterfront Tower room, admission to The Pool, a complimentary daytime Cabana Rental, two Amenities Spa Passes at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, dinner for two, admission to the fitness center, and admission for two to The Pool After Dark - The East Coast's hottest club!

Washington Nationals Base Hit Experience
"Take me out to the ball game" gets serious with this VIP Base Hit Package from the Washington Nationals. You and three friends will enjoy four baseline reserved level tickets to a 2010 Washington Nationals regular season home game, four on-field passes to watch batting practice and four promotional item fan packs.

Workout with Mayor Adrian Fenty
Spring is here and it’s time to get in shape - why not train with our most visible triathelete, the Mayor of DC, Adrian Fenty! One lucky guest will get the opportunity to join Mayor Fenty for a bright and early hour-long workout. Don’t worry about being out of shape, these track workouts are designed for all skill levels - good luck keeping up with Mayor Fenty! After the session, you can pose for a photo with the Mayor and his team.

A Weekend Getaway to Napa Valley
Escape to the Silverado Resort in beautiful Napa Valley with airfare for two. Spend a weekend in a two-bedroom VIP condominium featuring a patio bordering the eighth hole of the Robert Trent Jones golf course and play two rounds on some of the country's most beautiful courses.

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