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The Knuckle Ball

5th ANNUAL KNUCKLE BALL

September 20, 2014
Hotel ZaZa
6:36PM
Joe Niekro Humanitarian of the Year - Bobby Tudor
Evening Emcee - Deborah Duncan
 
 
 
 
On September 20th, 2014, athletes from all over the country will come together at Hotel ZaZa, in association with The
Joe Niekro Foundation and The Society of NeuroInterventional Foundation, to honor the beloved 13-year Houston Astros
All-Star, Joe Niekro, at the 5th Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life. Major League baseball player Jim Bouton once said,
“Me watching Niekro pitch was like a young artist inspecting his first Picasso.”
 
Since Joe Niekro’s tragic and sudden death as a result of a brain aneurysm, I established The Joe Niekro Foundation,
committed to aiding in the research and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVM's and hemorrhagic strokes. 
The foundation strives to raise awareness about the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while helping
support the advancement of neurological research.  We provide public education and advocacy, support for patients and
families, and develop awareness programs and educational materials for hospitals, clinics and other institutions nationwide.
 
Because of my father’s love for the Houston Astros and the city of Houston, it is only fitting that The Knuckle Ball be held
in the city that gave the Niekro family their greatest memories. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable black-tie evening
featuring a festive reception, silent auction, formal dinner, LIVE auction and the opportunity to mingle with some of baseball’s
greatest legends. The evening will pay tribute to those that have lost their life to these fatal conditions, while honoring the
survivors who are fighting everyday to recover. 
 
Bobby Tudor will be honored as the Joe Niekro Humanitarian of the Year, for his outstanding commitment and contributions
to the Houston community.  Bobby, along with his wife, Phoebe, has an incredibly generous spirit of giving and we are honored
to present Bobby with this year's award.  Plus, The Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year will be recognized for their
ongoing research advancements and treatment studies of cerebral aneurysms, AVM's and/or hemorrhagic strokes.
 
As many as 1 in 15 Americans will develop a cerebral aneurysm or AVM; 10-15% of these individuals will die before reaching
the hospital and over 50% will die within the first 30 days after rupture.  Of those who survive, over half suffer permanent
neurological deficits.  Please support our efforts to raise the awareness of these devastating conditions and advance seminal
research, while we support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken. 
For more information, please contact Natalie Niekro - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
We look forward to welcoming you at on September 20th!

 

THE KNUCKLER - $25,036 – 12 Seat Table

  • Ten (10) guest seats at a premier reserved table at The Knuckle Ball
  • The athlete of your choice and their guest at your table (honored in order requested)
  • Ten (10) passes granting access to the VIP Knuckle Ball Reception
  • Four (4) autographed items signed by Knuckle Ball attending athletes
  • Your company name recognition in the invitation and program
  • Your company logo on the back cover of the evening’s program
  • Your company name and/or logo displayed on the main screen throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on this website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • A full page advertisement B/W advertisement in the event program
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

THE KNUCKLER SUPPORTED BY:

 


 

THE NO-HITTER - $15,036 – 10 Seat Table

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a prominent reserved table at The Knuckle Ball
  • The athlete of your choice and their guest at your table (honored in order requested)
  • Four (4) passes to the VIP Knuckle Ball Reception
  • Two (2) autographed items signed by Knuckle Ball attending athletes
  • Your company name recognition in the invitation and program
  • Your company logo on the back cover of the evening’s souvenir program
  • Your company name and/or logo on the main screen throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on this website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • A 1/2 page B/W advertisement in the event program
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

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THE NO-HITTER SUPPORTED BY: 


 
 

 

 


THE SHUT-OUT - $10,036 – 10 Seat Table

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a reserved table at The Knuckle Ball
  • An athlete and their guest at your table
  • Two (2) passes to the VIP Knuckle Ball Reception
  • One (1) autographed item signed by Knuckle Ball attending athletes
  • Your company name recognition in the invitation and program
  • Your company logo on the back cover of the evening’s program
  • Your company name and/or logo on the main screen throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on this website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • 1/4 page B/W advertisement in the event program
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

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THE SHUT-OUT SUPPORTED BY:


 
 
 

 


THE FAST BALL - $5,036 – 8 Seat Table

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a reserved table at The Knuckle Ball
  • Your company name and/or logo displayed on the main screen throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on this website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • Your company name recognition in the invitation
  • Your company logo on the back cover of the evening’s program
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

THE FAST BALL SUPPORTED BY:


 


 

 

 

 


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS - $336

  • One (1) ticket to the The Knuckle Ball event

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 
 
 

 

4th ANNUAL KNUCKLE BALL HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK!

 

(Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian, Dr. Richard P. Klucznik, Natalie Niekro and JNF Chairman of the Board, Dave Bergman)

 

Chairman, Natalie Niekro, of the 4th Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life, welcomed over 350 guests and supporters,
at Hotel Zaza, September 7 along with participating athletes who honored her father and former Houston Astros pitcher,
Joe Niekro. Attending and mingling with the guests, to name a few, were:
 
 
Dave Bergman – MLB 1st Baseman - New York Yankees, Houston Astros, SF Giants and Detroit Tigers (1975-1992)
Larry Dierker – MLB Pitcher - Houston Colt .45’s/Astros and St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1977), MLB Manager (1997-2001)    
Houston Astros
Jose Cruz – MLB Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals (1970-74), Houston Astros (1975-87) and New York Yankees (1988),             
MLB Coach – Houston Astros, Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Houston Astros (2009-present)
John Egan – NBA Point Guard - Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers                  
and Houston Rockets (1961-1972), NBA Coach - Houston Rockets (1973-1976)
Jim Foor – MLB Pitcher - Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates (1971-1973)
Alphonso Roundtree – NFL Defensive Back - Miami Dolphins (2003-2005)
Scipio Spinks – MLB Pitcher – Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals (1969-1973)
 
Evening emcee, Deborah Duncan, host of Great Day Houston, shocked the crowd by sharing her story of how she survived
a ruptured brain aneurysm several years ago.  There was lively bidding during the silent auction followed by a delicious
dinner and a live auction. Guests enjoyed mingling with some of sports greatest legends throughout the evening.
The Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year Award recognized Dr. Richard P. Klucznik, Associate Professor of
Radiology and Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at The Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, for his
ongoing research advancements and treatment studies of cerebral aneurysms. Dr. Klucznik was met with a standing
ovation as he shared his story of why he became a doctor and his hope to continue helping people through the research
of the Foundation.
 

4th Annual Knuckle Ball Photo Gallery

(compliments of Alexander Portraits)
 

 

MLB Honorary Host Committee

Carlos Alfonso
Bob Aspromonte

Ken Aspromonte

Kevin Bass
Dave Bergman

Craig Biggio

Bret Boone

Byron Brown

Bill Buckner

Enos Cabell
Bert Campaneris
Bill Dawley
Jeff DeWillis
Larry Dierker
Jim Foor

George Foster

Phil Garner
Darryl Hamilton
Ed Herrmann
Art Howe

Mike Huff
Monte Irvin

Feguson Jenkins

Tommy John

Jay Johnstone
Deacon Jones

Dave Kingman

Bob Knepper

Frank LaCorte

Mickey Lolich
 

John McLaren

John Mayberry

Roger Metzger

Omar Moreno

Lance Niekro
Phil Niekro

Gaylord Perry
Terry Puhl
Craig Reynolds
JR Richard

Ron Robinson

Nolan Ryan

Joe Sambito

Mike Scott

Duke Sims
Billy Smith
Lee Smith
Ozzie Smith
Tal Smith
Dave Stewart

Daron Sutton

Don Sutton
Bobby Tolan

Bill Virdon

Jon Warden

Carl Warwick

Glenn Wilson

Willie Wilson

Jimmy Wynn

NFL Honorary Host Committee

Mike Barber

Gregg Bingham
Dave Casper

Doug Dawson

Ted Hendricks
Robert Hubble

Syd Justin

Derek Kennard

Greg Koch

Lynn Larson
Dan Pastorini
Art Still

Spencer Tillman

Vernon Wells, Jr.

NBA Honorary Host Committee

John Egan

Elvin Hayes

Aaron James
Kevin Loder

Ricky Pierce

Robert Reid

Isaac Stallworth

Honorary Medical Advisory Committee

Felipe Albuquerque, M.D.

Gavin Britz, MPH

Robert D. Brown, Jr., M.D., MPH

Orlando Diaz, M.D.

Robert G. Grossman, M.D.

Donald Frei, M.D.

Hani Haykal, M.D. 

Joshua Hirsch, M.D.
Richard Klucznik, M.D.

Italo Linfante, M.D.

Cameron McDougall, M.D.

Kristin Mascotti, M.D.

Philip Meyers, M.D.

Peter Nakaji, M.D.

Nedaa, Skeik, M.D.

Michael Ulrich, M.D.

Ronald E. Woosley, M.D.

Joseph Zambramski, M.D.

Jonathan Zhang, M.D.

Host Committee

Suzanne Antonelli - JNF Board Member

Dave Bergman - Chairman of the Board

Kimberly Chapman - JNF Board Member/Support Group Coordinator

Mr. Jimmy Disch

Mr. and Mrs. J. Kent Friedman

Mr. and Mrs. Court Koenning

Natalie Niekro - JNF President

Gary Simms - JNF Vice President

Larry Simon - JNF Treasurer

Luke Woosley - JNF Board Member

Ms. Marie Williams

 

 

   

 

 

 
Joe Niekro