COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The seventh meeting between the Columbia Blowfish and the Gamecock alumni has taken on new meaning this year, as the teams hope to use the event to raise money for a former teammate in need.
At Wednesday night's game, the Blowfish and the alumni are looking to raise awareness and money for "For Izzy's Fight", a fund set up to help former USC catcher Landon Powell's family with medical expenses that piled up during their daughter's fight with a rare autoimmune disease.
Izzy Powell was just five months old when she passed away in late January from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a condition that causes white blood cells to accumulate in organs and destroys other blood cells.
In a recent ESPN report, Powell's family said the medical bills for Izzy's care are in the millions of dollars.
Fans at Wednesday night's game at Capital City Stadium will be able to bid on several silent auction items signed by former Gamecock standouts like Michael Roth, Jackie Bradley, Jr and Kip Bouknight, including a baseball signed by the 2011 national championship team.
Fans can also bid on a chance to take an at-bat in the game for the Gameock alumni and also an opportunity to coach first base. Proceeds will to go to the Powell family.
Former Gamecock standout Trey Dyson is managing the alumni and organized the fundraising effort with the Blowfish in less than a week after learning Powell would be taking part in this year's game.
"It's the power of the Gamecock heart. So many people want to reach out and help when they can," said Dyson. "That's just another thing that speaks volumes about the university and the baseball program."
The Blowfish are donating $1,000 and are encouraging local businesses and community members to give what they can to help.
Wednesday's game is set for 7:05 pm. Gates at Capital City Stadium open at 6 pm and fans are encouraged to arrive early so they can make bids on the auction items on display.
There will also be a fireworks show afer the game as part of the Blowfish's July 4th weekend celebration.