Columbia's Grand Slam Gala debuts May 9

Former MLB player Bill Ripken will headline a new charitable gala in Columbia May 9.

The Grand Slam Gala also will include live and silent auctions, and athletic challenges.

The Baseball Factory, a Columbia-based player recruitment and development operation, launched the gala event to support its Factory Foundation, a nonprofit designed to assist underprivileged student athletes.

Dress is casual, and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite jersey or hat. Food will be provided by Clyde’s, with desserts from Elkridge Furnace Inn, Georgetown Cupcakes and Milk ‘N Cookies.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Baseball Factory headquarters, at 9212 Berger Road, Suite 200, in Columbia. Tickets cost $75.

For details about the Grand Slam Gala, go to For more information about the Factory Foundation, go to  



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