MLB players team up with Scottsdale charity for unique fundrasier

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PHOENIX -- Just in time for the official kick off of baseball season comes an event for fans to get their hands on some of the best sports memorabilia available.

Major League Baseball players like Albert Pujols and the Molina brothers are throwing their support behind an international humanitarian effort to help people living with debilitating spine problems. It's called the International Surgical Foundation.

Lead by Dr. Duane Pitt, ISF is a non-profit charity founded out of a need to provide to the impoverished population of the Dominican Republic and surrounding areas the very best in surgical treatment of all spine disorders.

Pitt is a Scottsdale-based spine surgeon who specializes in deformity cases.

He was invited to the Dominican Republic after the devastating earthquake that rattled its neighboring nation, Haiti, in January 2010. That's when he saw the need for quality medical care in this part of the world clearly.

ISF is the collaboration of many dedicated professionals who have witnessed first-hand the extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic where the profound neglect of many spine-related problems is staggering.

Thanks to the work of Pitt and this foundation, lives are being changed.

Now, instead of having to live with major neurologic disorders, many people are getting the surgery they need with proper clinical followup.

To help raise money for this effort, ISF is holding their Spring Fundraiser Saturday, March 31 at the Tempe Center of the Arts, which is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Starting at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy great food, entertainment, and a silent auction featuring items ranging from artwork to signed sports memorabilia from some of Major League's greatest, both past and present.

Tickets are $50 and space is limited. Reserve your space by calling 480 656-4048. Cocktail attire please.