“Hit a Homer for HIAS Chicago this Hanukah” Campaign Launched.
The Limited Edition “Originally Autographed” Jewish Baseball Player Lithograph by Ron Lewis
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago (HIAS Chicago) has been chosen as a spotlight charity by JewishBaseballPlayer.com, producers of ”Jewish Baseball Players, ” the most significant Jewish sports art, announced that :
HIAS Chicago will receive $500 from each sale of the limited edition series. HIAS Chicago will doubly benefit from purchasers responding to Jewish Baseball Players’ “Hit a Homer for HIAS Chicago this Hanukah” campaign. Contributions from purchasers identifying HIAS Chicago as their charity of choice through December 6 will have the amount doubled by a matching grant from an anonymous donor.
“We are excited about teaming up with JewishBaseballPlayers.com and benefitting from the creation of the art which appeals to our Jewish history as well as love of art and sports, ” said Jodi Doane, Director of HIAS Chicago.
“Jewish Baseball Players” is an oversize work of art depicting 26 current and former Jewish major league baseball players along with nine prominent Jewish figures in baseball. Every one of 500 limited edition artworks are individually, personally hand-signed by the living former and current athletes. Sandy Koufax, Steve Stone, Al Rosen, Ron Blomberg, new Detroit Tiger Manager Brad Ausmus and Craig Breslow, pitcher for the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, are among the many portrayed in the Major League Baseball licensed work of art.
The artwork also features former White Sox Pitchers Joel Horlen and Ross Baumgarten as well as infielder Keven Youkilis. Faces in the crowd include Jerry Reinsdorf, Theo Epstein and Jerome Holtzman. Bud Selig is represented along with two now deceased former Executive Directors of the Players Association, Marvin Miller and Michael Weiner. Great fans like Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner and Larry King are included as well.
“The art — Jewish Baseball Players — has been a big hit, ” said Greg Harris, creator of the program based here. “Nearly 50 have been sold in the first several months since we introduced Jewish Baseball Players. Moreover, almost $90, 000 has been contributed back to a variety of charities nationwide.”
The art is officially licensed by Major League Baseball Properties and the Major League Baseball Players Association. More information about the art and a complete roster of those pictured can be found at www.JewishBaseballPlayer.com.
ABOUT HIAS CHICAGO
HIAS Chicago has been an important respource since 1911 working for immigrant rights and assisting individuals and families seeking refuge from desperate conditions through the immigration process.
HIAS Chicago serves immigrants in the Jewish and other ethnic communities, assisting eligible individuals to achieve citizenship. HIAS Chicago also helps current U.S. Citizens to reunite with family members who are still living in their homeland. In the last three decades alone, HIAS Chicago has helped more than 36, 000 refugees from the former Soviet Union as well as thousands more who have come as immigrants to reunite with close family members in the Chicagoland area.
The HIAS Chicago mission to help families to find stability and raise their children with a sense of belonging in their new home is rooted in the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedakah (acts of justice and good deeds) and Bruchim Ha’bayim (welcoming the stranger.)
While the primary concern is helping Jewish immigrants and refugees, HIAS Chicago services have expanded to serve others. The organization works in coalition with interfaith agencies and groups in Illinois and throughout the nation, advocating for fair and just immigration policies and practices.
The artwork features :
1. Sandy Koufax – HOF
2. Ryan Braun – 2011 NL MVP
3. Shawn Green – 49 HR Season
4. Al Rosen – 1953 AL MVP
5. Steve Stone – 1980 AL Cy Young
6. Ian Kinsler – 3x All Star
7. Kevin Youkilis – 2x WS Champ
8. Ike Davis – 1st Round Draft Pick
9. Jason Marquis – All Star
10. Steve Yeager – 1981 WS MVP
11. Brad Ausmus – All Star
12. Scott Feldman – 17 Win Season
13. Sam Fuld – Rays
14. John Grabow – 9 yrs in MLB
15. Ross Baumgarten – White Sox
16. Ruben Amaro, Jr. – Phillies GM
17. Craig Breslow – D’Backs
18. Mike Epstein – WS Champ
19. Joe Horlen – 2nd Place Cy Young
20. Gabe Kapler – WS Champ
21. Norm Miller – Astros
22. Ron Blomberg – 1st DH Ever
23. Norm Sherry – Dodgers
24. Art Shamsky – WS Champ
25. Richie Scheinblum – All Star
26. Adam Greenberg – Cubs
Personalities in the Crowd
27. Bud Selig – Commissioner MLB
28. Jerry Reinsdorf – Owner White Sox
29. Theo Epstein – President Cubs
30. Billy Crystal – TV, Movie Star, Award Winner
31. Larry King – TV Personality
32. Rob Reiner – TV & Movie Star, Producer, Award Winner
33. Derrick Hall – Pres & CEO Diamondbacks
34. Charley Steiner – Dodgers Radio
35. Michael Weiner – Executive Director of the MLBPA
36. Marvin Miller – Former Executive Director of MLBPA