Hi all: an anonymous poster suggested you guys up in New York have an opportunity to meet Barcelona up close and personal while benefiting a fantastic global cause. Of course Barca is known for their altruism (forgoing millions in kit sponsorships to advertise UNICEF, etc.) and they've picked New York as the kick off of their next global gesture. I've verified the event from the New York Times and published the comment here for you below (you lucky dogs):
|At 5PM on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at Chelsea Waterside Park (23rd Street and 12th Avenue, across from Chelsea Piers), the stars of FC Barcelona will be playing in a 4-on-4 tournament to benefit Malaria No More.|
The event will be free and open to the public and will last for approximately one hour.
This intimate environment will not only allow fans the potential to get autographs and photos with their favorites players; BUT we will be offering a lucky fan in attendance the MEMORY of their LIFETIME, a CHANCE TO PLAY SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH PLAYERS FROM FC BARCELONA.
To be eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, fans will have to purchase raffle tickets. Each ticket will cost $10 dollars and all proceeds will benefit Malaria No More. The $10 is significant amount as this is the cost of one bed-net, which can protect an individual from malaria, thus, saving a life.
Each raffle ticket purchased (fans can purchase multiple tickets) will enter a fan into a drawing where a winner will be chosen at random. The lucky winners will then be plucked out of the crowd, be given an official FC Barcelona jersey, put on a team with FC Barcelona stars, and get to participate in this tournament and play side-by-side with their heroes. If that wasn't enough, Max Bretos and Christopher Sullivan from Fox Soccer Channel will be calling the games!
We will start selling raffle tickets at 3:00 PM at Chelsea Waterside Park. The last ticket will be sold at 4:45 PM (or until supplies last) and we will draw the winning ticket at 5:00 PM.
I RECEIVED INFO TODAY FROM MALARIA NO MORE THAT THERE IS NO RAFFLE TAKING PLACE - SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION
We encourage people to get out early so they can:
1) Get prime seats to see the stars of FC Barcelona in action, up-close and personal and hopefully get an autograph or picture with their favorite player
2) Enter early and often to win the experience of a lifetime - playing side-by-side with the stars of FC Barcelona
3) Get some of the exciting prizes we will be giving away from 3:00 PM on (FC Barcelona jerseys, soccer balls, t-shirts, etc.)