Dan Gross: Jamie Moyer, wife plan fundraiser

Posted: April 19, 2011

JAMIE MOYER is happy that while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he can devote more time to Camp Erin, the bereavement camp for children that he and wife Karen have established through the Moyer Foundation.

The two are hosting a fundraiser for the foundation, an Evening at the Ballpark, at 6 p.m. May 17 in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Moyer will serve dinner along with some VIP friends, though no Phillies, because the team is on the road that day.

Moyer said that the family got involved with a bereavement camp in Indiana and that when he was traded to the Mariners, he and his wife searched for a similar program in Seattle. Finding none, they established their own foundation and camp named after Erin Metcalf, who died of liver cancer at age 17 and whom the couple met through Make-a-Wish. She often expressed concern for young siblings of sick children and wished they received more attention.

"It's rewarding for the kids to come to the realization that they aren't the only ones going through this grief," Moyer says. "Hopefully through fun activities and grief counseling, they can remember their loved ones in a positive way," he said.

Now working on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," Moyer says he's "progressing along well" and will start his throwing rehab on May 1. "One step at a time, one day at a time," says Moyer, a free agent, who hopes to pitch, somewhere, next year.

Moyer declined to predict which of the Phillies aces will have the most wins, but he said he believes that Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton will all put up big numbers.

"I'd like to see all five guys pitch 200 plus innings. They all have their own track records and histories and will all contribute to the best of their ability," he told us. Tix are $250. Call Katie Hamilton at 206-298-1217 or email katie@moyerfoundation.org.

Out and about

 * Donovan McNabb seemed to be

feeling no pain as he strolled out of of Zee Bar (100 Spring Garden) a little after 3 a.m. Saturday and hopped into a friend's Nissan truck. Thankfully, says our spy, McNabb wasn't driving.

On Saturday night McNabb and wife Raquel attended a reception at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, which has been named after the McNabb Family.

* Natalie Portman and her soon-to-be

baby-daddy, Benjamin Millepied, bunked at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park while in town for Millipied's work with the Pennsylvania Ballet. The choreographer worked on "Building on Balanchine," which the ballet staged as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

* Eagles longsnapper Jon Dorenbos

and wife Julie were guests of his former teammate Hank Baskett last night in the audience of "Dancing with the Stars," and cheered on Baskett's wife, former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson.

* Kathy Griffin partied with style expert

Carson Kressley to the sounds of DJ Steve Aoki at the Borgata's Mixx club after her show at the hotel's Event Center Saturday night. Kressley, formerly of "Queer Eye," and Griffin also lunched Saturday at the Sunroom at the Water Club adjacent to Borgata. Kressley also caught Ricky Martin's concert at the Borgata Friday night. (We erroneously wrote that Griffin played Bally's yesterday.)

_ Darren Daulton dropped off signed

photos at Dad's Stuffing (17th & Ritner) for its wall and for employees of the homestyle restaurant before heading to Sunday's Phillies game.

Kat Dennings covers Style

 Bryn Mawr-raised actress Kat Dennings, in the cover story of the new Philadelphia Style magazine, gave a shout-out to the Head Nut (2408 Haverford Road) in Ardmore, the Wynnewood Lanes (2228 Haverford Road) and Flower Mill Park as to what she misses most about the area. The busty beauty stars with Natalie Portman in "Thor" and in a movie called "Renee" and is working on a pilot called "Two Broke Girls" with Penn grad comedienne Whitney Cummings.

Serving drinks for a cause

Eagles tackle Winston Justice, St. Joe's hoops coach Phil Martelli, La Salle University-turned-St. Joe's Prep coach Speedy Morris, Fox 29's Mike Jerrick, and Miss Pennsylvania USA Amber-Joi Watkins will all take part in Young Variety's Celebrity Bartenders Night from 6 to 10 Thursday at Public House (18th & Cherry). 93.3 WMMR's Marisa Magnatta and former Passion player Cheryl Fairweather will also be there. Tix are $25 at varietyphila.org or $30 at the door.

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