Stand Up To Cancer to Auction Off Rare Opportunity to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch at 2021 World Series - Stand Up To Cancer


Posted September 28, 2021

Stand Up To Cancer to Auction Off Rare Opportunity to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch at 2021 World Series

Special Offering in the Bid 2 End Cancer Auction, Presented by Heritage Auctions, is one of Several Provided by SU2C’S Founding Donor – Major League Baseball and Its 30 Clubs

LOS ANGELES – September 28, 2021 – Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) is offering one lucky bidder the rare opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a game of the 2021 World Series as part of the Bid 2 End Cancer auction series. The ceremonial first pitch at the Fall Classic typically is an exclusive honor often reserved for Presidents, Olympians and celebrities, but this year will feature a generous fan who makes a significant contribution in the fight against cancer.

The coveted First Pitch auction package offers a VIP experience from start to finish, including four tickets to the World Series game selected by MLB for this opportunity. The winning bidder and three guests will get the VIP treatment with first-class airfare, ground transportation and hotel rooms all provided (terms and restrictions apply). They’ll also have the opportunity to be a part of a VIP meet-and-greet arranged by MLB. The First Pitch auction opens on October 1 at 10:00 p.m. CDT and closes on October 26 at 10:30 p.m. CDT.

Bid 2 End Cancer features extraordinary keepsakes courtesy of MLB and MLB Clubs, such as signed, game-worn jerseys from some of baseball’s biggest names, other autographed memorabilia and more.

Proceeds raised from this auction will support Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative cancer research programs. Stand Up To Cancer, with the support of MLB and other collaborators, is making strides in   developing new, more effective treatments so all cancer patients can become long-term survivors.

“Stand Up To Cancer is excited to collaborate with Major League Baseball on this once in a lifetime opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at this year’s World Series,” said SU2C Co-Founder Rusty Robertson. “MLB as our founding donor has always shared our ‘out of the box thinking’ when it comes to eradicating cancer and engaging the public. From our iconic placard moment to their gift to throw out the first pitch, MLB has been an extraordinary partner in the fight against cancer.”

Noah Garden, Chief Revenue Officer, Major League Baseball, said: “Major League Baseball is proud to be an original and longstanding partner of Stand Up To Cancer, an organization whose groundbreaking research is literally saving lives. The Stand Up Moments at our Jewel Events are some of the best highlights of our seasons, and we are thrilled to add this new component to our Fall Classic.  We know the generosity of baseball fans is going to show out in a big way through this auction. We look forward to providing a memorable experience to the winning bidder and their loved ones.”

“Heritage Auctions has been enormously proud to partner with Stand Up to Cancer and Major League Baseball to raise money for cancer research,” said Heritage Sports founder and president Chris Ivy. “This collaboration has allowed us to bring top-tier sports collectibles to fans around the world, and we’re beyond thrilled that we can cap this momentous event with the unrivaled opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game.”

Bid 2 End Cancer is being administered by Heritage Auctions. For additional information and to register to receive updates, please visit

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders who utilize these communities’ resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, to increase awareness about cancer prevention, and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. As of January 2021, more than 2,000 scientists representing more than 210 institutions are involved in SU2C-funded research projects.

Under the direction of our Scientific Advisory Committee, led by Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., SU2C conducts rigorous competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and ensure collaboration across research programs.

Current members of the SU2C Founders and Advisors Committee (FAC) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., serves as SU2C’s CEO, and Russell Chew as SU2C’s President.

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