By Tri-City ValleyCats | August 4, 2017 1:31 PM ET

TROY, NY - The Tri-City ValleyCats have partnered with local restaurant Slidin' Dirty to host the 'Slidin' Dirty Derby,' a home run derby contest featuring multiple fundraising opportunities to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

The charitable home run derby will take place prior to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 15 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy. There will be eight participants, and the event will be timed similar to the MLB Home Run Derby.

One of the derby spots will be auctioned off online to one lucky fan, and that person will join six of the top home run hitters in the New York-Penn League, along with Slidin' Dirty employee Josh Goodbred.

Slidin' Dirty will donate $10 for each home run hit during the contest, and 60 on-field passes will be sold online for fans to stand in the outfield and catch the balls not hit over the fence. Fans must have a ticket to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game to be eligible.

All of the proceeds from the Slidin' Dirty Derby will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which funds an aggressive agenda aimed at developing improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's disease.

To bid on a spot in the derby, or purchase an on-field pass, visit

The New York-Penn League All-Star Game will feature some of the top talent in short-season professional baseball, many of whom will reach the major league level. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. for the All-Star Game festivities, and tickets are available online at, by phone at 518-629-CATS (2287), or at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office.


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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