Buy Tickets Now for Athletics Fund-raiser
When baseball great Dustin Pedroia headlines the Wildcats Athletics fund-raising dinner Saturday, Jan. 16, it will be a homecoming. While many people know about his Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, few are aware that Pedroia spent two summers playing baseball in Carson City as a 17 and 18-year-old before earning a scholarship to Arizona State University.
The star second baseman for the Boston Red Sox grew up in Woodland, Calif., near Sacramento.
Pedroia played on the Carson Capitals alongside former Nevada High School Player of the Year Joe Hooft who is now a WNC assistant coach. Coach Hooft is credited with bringing Pedroia to northern Nevada to benefit the college.
It is a real coup to have Pedroia speak. Although he's only been in the big leagues for four years, he has earned all of baseball's most prestigious awards. Pedroia was American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and MVP in 2008. His fielding skills have earned him a Golden Glove Award and a place on the All-Star Team. Pedroia's hitting earned him a Silver Slugger Award for best offensive player at his position in the league. He is one of the few career .300 hitters in baseball.
Tickets cost $75 until December 31, and $100 afterward for the dinner which begins at 6 p.m. at the Peppermill Spa Resort Casino in Reno. Tables of 10 are available for $750 until December 31, and $1,000 afterward. The event benefits the WNC baseball and softball programs.
The evening includes a three-course prime rib dinner, hosted beer/wine, and live music. There will be live and silent auctions and no-host cocktails. Master of ceremonies is Bryan Samudio, KRNV Channel 4 (NBC) news/sports anchor.
The dinner will also benefit Galena High School baseball, at Pedroia's request. Information: Helaine Jesse at 445-3240.
Press Release: December 17, 2009
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