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.
Get an up-close preview of your Phoenix Suns just before the 2009-10 NBA regular season tips off and help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance fight hunger during the “R U ORNG? SUNS FEST” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 24 at US Airways Center.
The event, but the Suns and Hensley Corporation are encouraging all fans bring non-perishable food donations to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Food Bank volunteers will stationed outside each entrance to collect donations.
Come watch Leandro Barbosa, Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Amar’e Stoudemire and newest Sun Channing Frye as the team works through a workout and scrimmage run by Head Coach Alvin Gentry from 1-2 p.m.
The Suns celebration will also include a variety of activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, inflatable games, face-painting and all the Suns favorites including The Gorilla, Suns Dancers, Verve Sol Patrol, Hairy and Hairyson. Click to www.suns.com for more information.
The third annual National Student Food Drive kicks off on Sept. 14, with high schools from around the Valley looking to dethrone two-time champion Mountain Ridge High School and claim the coveted John van Hengel Memorial Cup for collecting the most food and cash donations.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has a list of committed and active sponsors for this year’s event, including Revolution Tea, the Phoenix Suns, Sara Lee and KEZ-FM (99.9). A kick-off party is set for Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Food Bank’s 31st Avenue warehouse where student representatives and faculty advisors will get a meal, their food drive T-shirts and ideas on how to creatively increase donations.
Teams can win a live KEZ radio remote at their school (schools must attend the kickoff party to be eligible) and other fun prizes while the winners will collect the John van Hengel Memorial Cup at center court before a Phoenix Suns home game at US Airways Arena later this fall.
There is still time for clubs, service organizations, student governments or even a classroom to represent their school and take on the challenge of helping to feed the hungry in Arizona. For more information, contact St. Mary’s Food Drive Coordinator Frank Bonner at (602) 343-3175 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trader Joe’s continues their outstanding support of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance through Phoenix Suns’ victories, and presented a check for $8,000 to Food Bank Chief Development Officer Jack Marks prior to the April 13 Suns-Memphis Grizzlies game.
For the last three years, Trader Joe’s – in addition to their regular generous food donation to the member agencies – has made donation of $150 for each Suns win through the “Hoops Against Hunger” campaign totaling $38,000, enough to provide 266,000 meals through the Food Bank.
Suns forward Louis Amundson also helped Trader Joe’s contribute to the St. Mary’s fund by bagging groceries at a Surprise location in March.
St. Mary’s is indebted to Trader Joe’s and their continued efforts on the Food Bank’s behalf.
Lift Up America, the Suns, and Tyson Foods teamed up to restock Feeding America soup kitchens and pantries in Phoenix.