Best-selling author Ben Mezrich, author of Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, and M.I.T. blackjack team member Jeffrey Ma will speak at the special event Sip Happens, hosted by Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow.
Bringing Down the House spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, and sold over two million copies and was adapted into Sony Pictures' "21," starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburn, and Kate Bosworth, which was filmed largely in Boston. Ma's first book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business, was published in July, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan.
The Strike 3 Foundation will host its second annual Sip Happens food tasting and wine pairing on May 19 at the Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St, Boston, MA. Proceeds will benefit the organization founded by Breslow that heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for pediatric cancer research and treatment. It is open to the public via advance ticket sales only. Other members of the Boston Red Sox will be in attendance.
For individual ticket purchases, please go to siphappens2014.org.
Media info and photos on Strike 3 Foundation.
Video of Craig Breslow on MLB.com speaking about Sip Happens and Strike 3.
Mezrich's book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the NY Times Bestseller list and spent 18 weeks on the list in hard and soft, and made bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network- written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher- and was #1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay as well.
A Bostonian, Mezrich has appeared often on TV, including a stint on Court TV with a series titled 'High Stakes with Ben Mezrich.' The show utilized his unique contacts to explore the culture of young, highly educated millionaires and their clandestine hobbies. Mezrich also hosted the 'World Series of Blackjack' for GSN and has several scripted and non-scripted TV projects in the works.
About Strike 3 Foundation
The Strike 3 Foundation is a charitable agency recognized by the IRS under 501 (c)(3) that heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for pediatric cancer research. Founded in 2008 by current Major League Pitcher and Yale graduate Craig Breslow, Strike 3 has donated over $500,000 to Yale University Children's Hospital as a founding sponsor of Connecticut's only Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program. Additionally, the organization has supported deserving research and treatment centers across the country including the Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Strike 3 also funds a Boston based research project annually. Offices are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and California, and is headquartered in Connecticut.