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Want to have lunch with Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson?

AJC photo by CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

AJC photo by CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones retires at the end of this season. Want to have lunch with him before he goes?

Listen up, literally.

The 12th annual Care-a-Thon broadcast on 95.5 FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will offer donors the shot at lunch with Jones and Braves pitcher Tim Hudson – shown together in their natural habitat in this photo.

Hudson and his wife, Kim, are scheduled to call in at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, during Neal Boortz’s show. The first 50 people to call in with a donation of $1,000 or more get an invite to the “Huddies Buddies” luncheon at the Buckhead Maggiano’s later this year. Donors at the $1,000 level receive two tickets to the lunch and guests each will receive an autographed baseball, a photo with the guys and the opportunity to ask them questions during lunch.

“We do love Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Kim Hudson, who recently visited during a Braves “Christmas in July” outing there. “We see almost every day the devastation that childhood cancer causes.”

She’s looking forward to the on-air repartee with her husband, a good sport on and off the field.

“I always start off thinking I’m going to be nice and sweet but then I’ll get a little dig in,” she joked. “I’m not afraid to tease him.”

The Care-a-Thon lasts from 5 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday and will feature the stories of children and families who have been impacted by the Aflac Cancer Center. Last year’s event raised more than $1.3 million.

For more information see www.choa.org/careathon or the center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aflaccancercenter.

9 comments Add your comment

Shelton Stevens

July 25th, 2012
3:40 pm

Just found out the luncheon will be on Wednesday, September 5. Call early – we filled up quickly last year and a lot of those folks have already been calling to find out about this year’s event since it will be Chipper’s last hurrah!!!

Brant Rawls

July 25th, 2012
3:46 pm

So cool – thanks Jennifer!

ScottSouth

July 26th, 2012
6:19 am

While I am extremely supportive of this effort to raise money and the work WSB does each year is amazing, why should the only people able to participate in this chance be those with lots of money? While I see nothing wrong with attaining success and wealth. Is the person who donates 20 dollars not a worthy donor? If that is all this person can afford to give why are they shut out from this opportunity to meet Chipper or Tim? Why not just take all donor’s in that certain time period and draw 50 names to meet for lunch? You may get more donations total by encouraging more small donors that otherwise would not even donate. Just seems we are sending the wrong message to charitable people by saying “we want your money yes, but your donation is not worthy of our give away”. I think we could raise a lot more money for the center if everyone was allowed this chance instead of the folks who most likely have season tickets or can go to golf tournaments with the team and such. I don’t make a lot of money but would be more inclined to donate more this morning if I felt like I had a chance to be a part of this. We should all donate even if its 5 dollars because I think we should ALL help. This “for the rich only” makes me feel as if the only donations that matter are the big ones. This is not a slam against those with money, I am glad to live in a country where we can all succeed and prosper and without large donors I realize some things would never happen. But I do not want to participate in an event where my genuine donation is trivialized because it was small.

Avery Bundren

July 26th, 2012
8:39 am

I would rather have lunch with little George Bush than Chipper Jones, and only if I were starving.

Really

July 26th, 2012
9:04 am

@ScottSouth, I’m curious is there anywhere you can go where your $20 gets you $1,000 worth of anything? This is a very common practice for charities as well as political fundraising. Please don’t turn this into another have’s versus have not’s, that is so tired. If you want to go to the lunch with Chipper and Tim spend $1,000 and go, if not, simply give your $20 and assume that it will be well spent and you can go about your day feeling good and not have to rant about the disparity between the rich and poor in our nation . . .

Well Said

July 26th, 2012
12:53 pm

Well said Really….the fund raiser is in the end about money, not an opportunity for the poor. And hey….I cannot affort a $1000 but am sure happy some can…it could make a difference in a child’s life!

Misunderstood

July 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

I think ScottSouth’s point was they shouldn’t limit the activities to only those that donate $1000. Although anyone can donate, many people will read the article and say “that’s a waste of time for me” and then they won’t donate anything. Yes, WSB is guaranteed to raise $50,000 for the charity, but what if their is another one thousand people out there willing to donate $100 each, but don’t because it won’t meet the criteria specified. Then the charity loses $100,000.

Garrett Neils

July 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

i can agree using the post

Krystle Meyer

July 28th, 2012
11:37 am

“but what if their is another one thousand people out there willing to donate $100 each”

There’s not.

Its that simple.