Posted: December 7, 2007
Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Kotsay will be the featured speaker at Western Nevada College’s fifth annual intercollegiate athletics fund-raising dinner. The benefit is set for Friday, Jan. 18, 6-10 p.m., at the Peppermill Hotel-Casino, Reno. Tickets are $100 each, with tables of eight for $700. The event features a three-course prime rib dinner, hosted wine/beer, a live auction and raffle.
Kotsay, 32, has been in the major leagues since 1997, first with the Florida Marlins until 2001 and then with the San Diego Padres until 2003, when he joined the A’s.
During his college years, Kotsay was named both the college Player of the Year and College World Series MVP after setting records that still stand. Baseball America named him the 1990’s Player of the Decade.
With Oakland in 2004, Kotsay batted a career best .314 and led American League center fielders with 11 assists. In 2006, he helped the A’s clinch the American League West Division title. He currently bats second in the team’s lineup.
In addition to the appearance by Kotsay, a number of other special guests are scheduled to attend the event and sign autographs. They include:
– 2006- 2007 Western Wildcats ace pitcher Cole Rohrbough, who graduated in May from WNC and was signed by the Atlanta Braves. He currently plays in the Braves minor league system.
– 1999 Carson High School graduate Darrell Rasner, who played at the University of Nevada, Reno, and now pitches for the New York Yankees. While at Nevada, he was a freshman All-American, and earned multiple honors from the Big West conference.
– Reed High School graduate Jake McGee, who plays in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization for the AA Montgomery Biscuits. McGee was named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Month in August, and was earlier named the Vero Beach Devil Rays Pitcher of the Year.
– Wooster High School 2005 graduate Jake Rasner, a right-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox minor league team, the Kannapolis Intimidators. Jake was drafted out of high school after signing a letter of intent to play at UNR.
Funds raised will assist Western Nevada College men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics teams. Community college athletics in Nevada receive no state general funding, thus private support is critical to their ongoing success.
For ticket information, call 775-445-3240.