The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc., will honor Orioles center fielder Adam Jones for his community service on Feb. 6 during "Babe's Birthday Bash," the organization announced Tuesday.
Jones will receive the 2014 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award at the annual event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.
"Baltimore is a second home to me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to do my part to help this community,” Jones said in a news release.
The event will also celebrate the 119th anniversary of Ruth’s birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s professional baseball debut in February 1914.
Jones has continued to play an active role around the Baltimore area during his time with the Orioles.
Last year, Jones and the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation donated $75,000 to help provide a new Learning and Technology Center at the Brooklyn O'Malley Boys and Girls Club in South Baltimore.
Jones also donated baseball equipment to 30 teams that are part of the Orioles' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. Other community organizations that Jones supports include the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation, Jackie Robinson Foundation and OriolesREACH.
Additionally, in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented Jones with a Key to the City for his extensive work with Baltimore City youth and children from the Y of Central Maryland.
The Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award was created to honor Ruth’s memory by recognizing an active or former professional athlete or individual with ties to the Maryland sports community, who has demonstrated a strong devotion to Baltimore and the state of Maryland by giving back to the community.
Previous recipients include O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, Matt Stover, Edwin Mulitalo, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Nick and Christina Markakis, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
“Since joining the Orioles in 2008, Adam has been such an active part of the Baltimore community,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, in the news release. “We are proud to recognize Adam’s efforts in making our city a better place, both on and off of the field, and look forward to honoring him on the same night we celebrate Babe.”
"Babe's Birthday Bash" will include unlimited ballpark-inspired food and beverages; a silent auction; appearances by local professional and amateur athletes; free parking at Camden Yards; and admission to Sports Legends Museum’s galleries, according to the news release.
Tickets to the event are $45 each for members of the Museum; $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance; and $60 each at the door on the night of the event.
Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. Tickets are available here. For more information, call 410-727-1539, ext. 3033.
Event partners include Camden Pub, Imagemarx, Mission Tix, Pickles Pub and Smyth Jewelers.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun