The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, has announced its "Welcome Home Dinner" will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at Hawks Landing Country Club in Southington. Fans will have the opportunity to have dinner with the players before the 2013 season starts. A team autograph session will take place at 5:00pm and dinner will be served at 6:00 pm with each table featuring a player or coach. The Rock Cats Foundation along with the New Britain Elks Lodge #957, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Gordon Bonetti Florist will sponsor the annual "meet the team" event, as the club arrives from spring training. Individual tickets are only $35 for adults and $25 for children (12 and under), with the proceeds benefiting the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Tickets are on sale at the box office or by calling the Rock Cats at 860-224-8383 ext 22. Tables and event sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses. Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. This popular event is expected to sell out.
The Annual "Rock Cats Welcome Home Dinner" serves as an occasion to celebrate the arrival of spring and the start of another professional baseball season in Connecticut. Members of the Rock Cats organization- players, coaches, front office personnel and Rocky, (the team's popular mascot)- will be present at this festive dinner. As in the past, Rock Cats players will meet and greet all those in attendance, while also expressing their collective appreciation for the tremendous support the community has extended to this franchise for more than three decades.
Proceeds from the "Rock Cats Welcome Home Dinner" will benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, which is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children through family-centered care, research, education and advocacy. "This unique event provides the public a unique opportunity to spend an evening with the players they will be rooting for this season while benefiting a wonderful cause in the Connecticut Children's Medical Center," Rock Cats President John Willi said.
The Rock Cats open their 31st season on April 4 in Richmond, Virginia and return to the Hardware City a week later on Thursday, April 11 (6:05) for the home opener against the Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.