Summer, baseball, and a great cause: Brockton Rox Lawyer Appreciation Night to benefit Massachusetts Bar Foundation

Issue July/August 2006

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF), the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association, invites lawyers and their families to a night at the ballpark with the Brockton Rox, a Canadian-American minor league baseball team. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Comcast is sponsoring its first Lawyer Appreciation Night at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, with proceeds going to the MBF.

Stadium seats at the event are $30 and cover the cost of a ticket, a T-shirt, a contribution to the MBF and $7 to spend at concession stands around the park. For an extra $15, fans can enjoy a buffet-style dinner in the picnic area before the game. Aside from baseball and buffet, the Rox will also feature their trademark antics, including a live stenographer, as well as the world's largest waiver to sign before entering the park. Lawyers will be charged by “billable innings,” and K-O, the Rox' kangaroo mascot, will conduct a “kangaroo court.”

The Brockton Rox, most often noted for their colorful co-owner, actor Bill Murray, recently celebrated their fifth anniversary in Brockton. They have received much acclaim for their playful brand of family entertainment, as well as having become a cornerstone of revitalization to the local community. At a time that tickets to Fenway Park are difficult to come by and can cost a family well over $250, the Brockton Rox offers an alternative that is convenient, family friendly and affordable.

The MBF funds Massachusetts nonprofits that provide civil legal services for low-income people, and programs that help to improve the administration of justice. Over 71,000 people were assisted last year by programs funded through the MBF. The Foundation also sponsors fellowships for law students who volunteer at nonprofits throughout the state.

"Vulnerable citizens across the commonwealth will be helped by the proceeds of this evening," noted MBF President Francis Ford. "And on top of it, in an era when lawyers often get a bad rap, it's a great way to show our pride in our profession. What could be better than summer, baseball and supporting a good cause?"