On a hot day at the baseball park you will always find a line for the beer- root beer floats that is! July 30 was the Oakland Athletics ninth annual MUG Root Beer Float Day at the MacAfee Coliseum, an event that raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Sharks very own play-by-play announcers Dan Rusanowsky and Randy Hanh could be found scooping, pouring, and serving these $2 treats for all ticketed fans there for the 12:35 p.m. game against the Kansas City Royals.
Complete with $15 commemorative mugs ($25 for player autographed mugs), the floats were being made and sold by a myriad of other local celebrities like: Rickey Henderson, The Oakland Raiderettes, The Golden State Warrior Girls, The San Jose SaberKittens, a couple of people from “The Real World: Denver,” and many more.
Over the past eight seasons this event has raised more than $200,000 for the JDRF, the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Of course the irony of serving sweets to benefit those who can not enjoy them was not lost on the general public.