What Is ExposFest?
ExposFest is a charity fundraiser geared towards kids and fans of the Montreal Expos.
The event is organized by Perry Giannias, an avid Expos memorabilia collector. Several former Expos players and other baseball personalities will be present at the event.
Activities will include batting cages for kids, face-painting, live music and much more.
There will be opportunities to get autographs from former players and there will be a silent auction for many pieces of memorabilia.
All proceeds go to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Kat D DIPG Foundation. The money is being raised to fight DIPG.
What Is DIPG?
DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) affects children between the ages of 5 and 9. It is an aggressive form of brain tumour.
There is a zero survival rate among children affected. The median survival rate is under 12 months. Surgery to remove the tumour is not an option since it would cause a quicker death.
Who Is Kat D?
Catherine “Kat D” Demes was a five-year-old girl affected by DIPG. Her death inspired Perry Giannias (her uncle) and his family to create the Exposfest fundraiser event.
L'esprit derrière tous nos efforts #expos fest.
The spirit and CEO behind everything we do @ExposFest.
— Expos Fest (@ExposFest) March 24, 2017
Who Will Be at ExposFest?
The following players will be at the event:
- Andre Dawson
- Rondell White
- Cliff Floyd
- Jeff Reardon
- Bob Bailey
- Dennis Martinez
- Al Oliver
- Éric Gagné
- Bill Lee
- Dave Palmer
Other guests include:
- Jacques Doucet (the former voice of the Expos)
- Matthew Ross of ExposNation
- Jeremy Filosa of 98.5 Sports Radio
- Jonah Keri (Sportwriter and author of Up, Up and Away)
- Mayor Denis Coderre
- Marc Griffin
- Annakin Slayd Farrar
Why Should Anyone Go To ExposFest?
Let the man himself, Perry Giannias, tell you.
How Much are Tickets and Where Do I Buy Them?
Children under 12 years old get in for free accompanied by an adult (one per adult). General admission tickets are $7. $10 gets you entry and an autograph from Bob Bailey or Rondell White. Access to the VIP lounge with all of the players between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM costs $150 and there are limited tickets left.
You can buy tickets here.
Where is ExposFest Happening?
ExposFest is at Plaza Centre-Ville / Evo Centre at 777 Blvd. Robert-Bourassa near Bonaventure Metro station.
L'@ExposFest c'est le 2 avril! Y serez-vous? pic.twitter.com/yx8KfiwVCY
— Baseball Québec (@baseballquebec) March 14, 2017
Find out more about the event on the official website.
Read MTL Baseball‘s profile on Perry Giannias here.