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Diamond Awards: A home run for research

Diamond Awards guests bid on dozens of exciting silent auction items.

The fourth annual Diamond Awards, held January 22 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, celebrated the Minnesota Twins' 2008 baseball season and raised more than $263,000 to advance leading-edge research and patient care for neurologic illnesses at the University of Minnesota.

Because of continued support from loyal event sponsors and attendees, the University can continue to build an all-star team of worldrenowned doctors and researchers working to strike out devastating neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases such as ataxia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Twins catcher Joe Mauer posed for a photo with fan Joe Peller at the VIP reception.

A partnership of the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center, Minnesota Medical Foundation, Baseball Writers Association of America's Twin Cities chapter, and Minnesota Twins, this event has raised about $2 million in its history.

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