The Washington Times - June 14, 2012, 11:04PM

Nationals Park was transformed Thursday night as third baseman Ryan Zimmerman took over for his annual “A Night At The Park” fundraiser. More than 750 Nationals players, guests and sponsors attended the intimate function, a 300-attendee increase from the 2011 event, and over $200,000 was raised for Zimmerman’s ziMS foundation.

ziMS Foundation, Zimmerman’s personal charity, is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis by funding comprehensive support and educational programs.


To that end, Zimmerman presented a check of $40,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Capital Chapter, as well as a $30,000 donation to dreamMakerS, a non profit organization committed to connecting, supporting, and empowering children of parents with MS. 

It’s a cause close to Zimmerman’s heart as his mother, Cheryl, who was in attendance with the rest of Zimmerman’s family, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995. 

Guests were entertained by the imitation stylings of Gar Ryness, better known as Batting Stance Guy, treated to both a live and silent auction and enjoyed the music of Guster. Ryness, too, holds the cause in high esteem, his mother afflicted with the disease as well.

Almost all of Zimmerman’s Nationals teammates were in attendance, just one day before the team will start quite possibly the organization’s most anticipated series, a three-game weekend against the New York Yankees

When all was said and done, the night had added over $200,000 to the foundation’s growing total and its signature even enjoyed its finest turnout yet.

Zimmerman spoke for a few minutes before a live auction was set to begin, drawing cheers when he told the crowd they’d raised “over a half-million” since he founded the charity in 2006. They raised almost half of that on Thursday night alone, shooting the foundation’s total way up.

If you weren’t able to attend but would like to help, donations can be made directly to the foundation through its website.