Hitting for charity at Home Run Derby  
by Anthony Castrovince
July 15
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The sluggers involved in the Derby will be going to bat for worthy causes, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

More than $3 million has been raised for charity through the Derby the past 10 years, with an all-time high of $615,000 raised last year.

While the Derby title is an individual crown, a $150,000 donation will be made to a charity chosen by the winning team's captain and a $100,000 donation will be given to the BGCA in the name of the winning captain. A $25,000 donation will be given to the charity chosen by the captain of the losing team, and all remaining charity money raised will go to BGCA on behalf of Chevrolet and MLB.

The total amount of money distributed will be based on the number of homers hit. When a player gets to nine outs, the "Gold Ball" will be put in play, and for each Gold Ball homer, Chevrolet and MLB will donate $23,000 to charity. Chevrolet and MLB will combine to make an additional $3,000 donation for every non-Gold Ball homer hit.

All eight participants will also be paired with a youngster representing one of the eight local RBI leagues in the New York City area. The child paired with the Derby winner will earn $50,000 toward a baseball field makeover for that RBI league, and each of the other leagues will receive a $10,000 donation.

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