ATLANTA, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) announced today that the Delta Double Play weekend of events, featuring the Benefit Bash gala on Nov. 10 at the Georgia Aquarium and the Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game on Nov. 11 at 6-4-3 DP Athletics, raised more than $1 million dollars to fund childhood cancer research.
Houston Astros Catcher and 2017 World Series Champion Brian McCann and his wife Ashley served as the honorary event chairs for the Delta Double Play weekend of events, and Delta Air Lines stepped up to the plate to sponsor the weekend for the eighth year in a row.
Since 2007, Ashley and Brian McCann have helped Rally raise more than $5 million dollars to fund childhood cancer research through the Delta Double Play, Rally's signature fall fundraising event.
"We are so grateful for the continued support of Ashley and Brian McCann as our honorary chairs for this event and our wonderful title sponsor Delta Air Lines, who are huge champions for all kids fighting cancer," said Dean Crowe, Rally founder and CEO. "Their generous support enables the Delta Double Play weekend to raise more funds for childhood cancer research every year. This year was no exception as we raised more than $1 million throughout the event for the first time ever. Everyone who came out to the Bash and game made it a special experience for our Rally Kids."
During the Benefit Bash, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, presented the 2017 Rally for Research Award to Michael Gossling and Philip Gossling, the founders of DoMyOwn.com. This award is given in recognition of their generous commitment, inspiration and support of Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.
For more information on how to support Rally in the fight against childhood cancer, visit RallyFoundation.org or @RallyFoundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 306 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
About Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research:
Cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids in America ages 1 to 19. Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Since its founding in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $11 million in grants funding 253 research projects. According to independently audited financials, 92 cents of every dollar raised supports Rally's mission. Rally holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, is recognized as a GuideStar Platinum Participant and received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence from America's Best Charities. For more information, visit RallyFoundation.org.
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