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More than 20 major league baseball players past and present will participate in the annual “Spirit of the Game” Cactus League kickoff event, scheduled for Feb. 20th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Surprise Stadium – the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

Former pitcher and inspirational speaker Dave Dravecky will headline the event, sponsored by Compassionate Surprise. The night is designed to give fans a chance to see their favorite players, ask for autographs and have kids take part in clinics and interactive games.

Players scheduled to appear include Eric Chavez (Oakland A’s); Russ Ortiz and Adam Goodwin (Los Angeles Dodgers); Mike Sweeney, Rob Johnson and Garrett Olson (Seattle Mariners); Blaine Boyer (Arizona Diamondbacks); Micha Owings and Bill Bray (Cincinnati Reds); Mat Laporta (Cleveland Indians); Chase Headley and Nick Hundley (San Diego Padres); Jeremy Affeldt (San Francisco Giants) and former big league stars like Kevin Young, Damion Easley and Tim Salmon.

Admission to “Spirit of the Game” is free with a non-perishable food donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance/Westside. Those who bring food will be registered to win a door prize. Raffle tickets will also be sold ($5 apiece, six for $20) to benefit St. Mary’s and Interfaith Community Care. Prize include Suns and Diamondbacks tickets as well as a golf package at the Wigwam Resort.

For more information, call (602) 274-1988.


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A Night at the Ballpark

Brought to you by: Cynde C.

Standing by home plate at Chase Field on Monday night, I was in awe at how big a baseball field really is. It looks large from the stands, but from the field, it is massive. Then, I was in wonder and awe at the two organizations that had our President and CEO Terry Shannon and I down on that field.

Gila River Casinos is an amazing partner that has helped the Food Bank grow its summer campaign to immense proportions. Our food drives doubled this year because of the message Send Hunger Packing enabled Food Bank staff to deliver to the public. I will give you our summer-by-the-numbers, and the numbers are wonderful, but please realize, it wasn’t nearly enough. We are still going into the holidays with some catching up to do.

Here are the numbers from May 15 – August 31, Send Hunger Packing:
$1.6 million
363 food drives collecting 481,381 pounds of food
97,877 hours from our volunteers

Imagine if we didn’t have Gila River to support us? Imagine if we didn’t have fantastic partners like the Diamondbacks or SRP putting in additional support? And, imagine if we didn’t have outstanding businesses and individuals rising to the Food Bank’s challenge of feeding more people in need over the summer? We wouldn’t be able to do any of it.

Thank you to everyone who sent hunger packing. And, thank you, D-Backs for hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance last night. All of you have made more people aware of the hunger issue in Arizona.

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