Walsh Jesuit held its annual Showcase for the Cure baseball event on June 20 and raised $37,000 for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and cancer research.


Walsh baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said the event draws top prospects and scouts from throughout the region, and since 2006, has raised money for cancer research.


This year’s event honored Gene Blackwell, father of two-time Walsh baseball state champion David Blackwell, and his family. Gene Blackwell is battling multiple myeloma.


This year’s showcase drew 113 players from Ohio and more than 50 college and professional scouts. Indians President Mark Shapiro opened the event by addressing the crowd, which included 160 grade-school boys who had just completed a three-day baseball camp.


To raise money for the Taussig Cancer Institute, Kaczmar and event chairs Jeff and Pam Frye asked everyone attending to make a donation, rather than charging baseball players a fee to attend. In addition to donations, vendors sold a variety of products at the event, contributing their proceeds to the charity.