Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Roberto Clemente, Jr., Connor Barth among over 40 celebrities coming to Wilmington for the Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational

Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational to raise money for kidney disease research and treatment
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 11:19 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The 20th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational, which raises money for kidney disease treatment and research, will be held from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6.

Willie Stargell played with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 21 years beginning in 1962 and hit a total of 475 career home runs, according to the foundation. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.

“Hall of Fame Member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Willie Stargell, lost his battle to kidney disease in 2001. Friends and fans have been gathering since 2002 to support patients with kidney disease by raising funds to strengthen patient care at North Carolina medical facilities including purchasing new life-saving equipment, to offer patient financial support, and to fund research focusing on better treatments,” states the Willie Stargell Foundation on its website.

Celebrity guests will include retired football great Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Roberto Clemente Jr. and former NFL kicker Connor Barth.

“I am humbled and honored that we are embarking upon the 20th Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational,” said Margaret Stargell, Willie”s widow. “It magnifies and signifies just how committed our sponsors, celebrities, board and committee members have been to help fulfill our mission of honoring Willie while raising money to assist those living with kidney disease.”

If you’d like to sponsor the event, you can go to the Willie Stargell Foundation’s website or email them at admin@WillieStargellFoundation.org.