MANCHESTER, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Fisher Cats Foundation have confirmed the initial group of guests for the 2017 Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental.
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This year's fundraising event will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester. Since 2007, the event has donated more than $1.57 million to its three beneficiaries: the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the Ted Williams Foundation, and the Fisher Cats Foundation.
Headlined by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, this year's dinner will reunite five members of The Greatest Game of All-Time (as voted by MLB Network): the Red Sox' 12-inning win over the Reds in Game 6 of 1975 World Series.
Perez will be joined by New Hampshire legend and former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter , as well as Red Sox greats Oil Can Boyd, Bernie Carbo, Bill Lee, Rico Petrocelli, Bob Stanley and Luis Tiant.
Perez squared off against Carbo, Lee, Petrocelli and Tiant in the 1975 Fall Classic, with Game 6 ending on Carlton Fisk's iconic home run.
"We're thrilled to have these baseball legends join us to support these great causes," said Art Solomon, Fisher Cats owner and chairman of the Fisher Cats Foundation. "With Hall of Famer Tony Perez, local legend Chris Carpenter, and a group of Red Sox greats, this year's event will be one to remember."
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, Perez won two World Series with Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine," and finished his 23-year career with 2,732 hits and 379 home runs. He played for the Red Sox from 1980-1982, and picked up another World Series ring as a hitting and first base coach with the 1990 "Wire to Wire" Cincinnati Reds.
Additional guests include former MLB infielder and ESPN Analyst Orestes Destrade, Orioles 10th round pick and local prospect Cody Dube , Manchester West High School graduate and former MLB infielder Greg LaRocca, Fisher Cats fan favorite Jonathan Davis , and the daughter of Ted Williams, Claudia Williams.
The dinner will also include a live and silent auction, where attendees can bid on priceless memorabilia including a Tom Brady & David Ortiz ring collage, a Mookie Betts autographed baseball, a Ted Williams autographed ring collage, and much more.
Tickets may be purchased at the Fisher Cats Ticket office, by visiting www.nhfishercats.com, and by calling 603-641-2005. Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and an autograph session with the honored guests from 5-7 p.m. The dinner and the evening's program will begin at 7 p.m
The primary benefactor of the dinner is the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). CHaD, New Hampshire's comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Offering primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond, their focus includes keeping all kids healthy and safe.
The Ted Williams Foundation works to preserve and build on the rich tradition of our national pastime through education and outreach. Proceeds from the Granite State Baseball Dinner are instrumental in the Foundation's mission to provide youth baseball programs and scholarships for deserving student-athletes. The Foundation is also an active partner with the Rays, Red Sox, Twins, Orioles & Phillies Organizations raising funds to provide assistance to their many charitable programs including the Boys & Girls Club, Pediatric Cancer, Animal Shelters and youth Diabetes programs.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats established the Fisher Cats Foundation to be a catalyst for the betterment of communities statewide by supporting youth programs that encourage education and promote healthy living. Through the generous support of players, employees, sponsors, and fans, the Fisher Cats Foundation continuously works to make a positive impact throughout New Hampshire and north-central Massachusetts. As the primary funding source for the team's philanthropy, the Fisher Cats Foundation supports a wide variety of non-profit organizations and coordinates several fundraising programs and events. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation and the Fisher Cats have provided more than $5 million in monetary and in-kind donations to thousands of non-profit organizations. For more information about the charitable Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental, please call the Box Office at (603) 641-2005.
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