Woodbridge, VA-The Potomac Nationals are delighted to announce their 18th Annual Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Auction, an off-season hallmark of the Potomac Baseball franchise, will return to the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes on Sunday, January 20th. Indulge in an evening of Nationals Baseball talk, an exquisite silent auction, delicious food, and fellowship with the P-Nats faithful as the countdown begins for Major League Baseball Spring Training and Opening Day 2013.
The hot stove banquet will include an open cocktail hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm amidst a silent sports memorabilia auction to benefit S.P.A.R.K (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids), the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, that will continue until 7:45pm. A plated dinner and the full program will run from 6:30pm through approximately 8:00pm.
"We're extremely excited to raise money for SPARK through our hot stove silent auction. We value our relationship with Prince William County Public Schools in hosting our Annual Middle School Science Day," says Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.
The Nationals will be announcing the 2012 Potomac Nationals Player of the Year, Fan of the Year, and Employee of the Year, in addition to Prince William County's Softball and Baseball Players of the Year during the program.
Potomac Nationals Owner and Chairman/CEO, Art Silber, will be addressing the hot stove ballroom to provide more details about the P-Nats' new stadium project planned for the 2015 season to be located in the Potomac Town Center in Prince William County, Virginia.
Silber will unveil the most updated renderings of the proposed state-of-the-art ballpark and also take guests of the banquet on a visual tour of the new stadium home of the Potomac Nationals.
Silber plans to elaborate upon the many unique hallmarks that will be featured within the landscape of the P-Nats' new ballpark, including staples that will pay homage to Griffith Stadium, former home of the Washington Senators.
"We're going to take the opportunity at our annual Hot Stove Banquet for the first time, to publicly show the detailed renderings of our new Potomac Town Center ballpark. The ballpark is incredibly exciting and its design and features will make it the finest sports venue in the greater Washington area," explains Silber.
"Our stadium will have features that will remind fans of old Griffith Stadium. It will have three decks with a huge wraparound party deck on top with views of the Potomac River, as well as Club and suite levels. The Club will be a great year-round sports bar with views of the ballpark, river, and the Potomac Town Center."
"We'll have a crab shack in center field for steamed crabs and a beer garden, broad plazas, playground for the kids, and the most comfortable seats you'll ever sit in with perfect sight lines."
Serving as the event's keynote speaker, Washington Nationals radio and television broadcaster, Phil Wood, will entertain the ballroom with his comprehensive insight on Nationals Baseball.
Wood, a native Washingtonian, is a longtime sportscasting contributor in both the Baltimore and Washington, DC markets, hosting various radio sports talk shows. Known as a regional baseball aficionado, Wood has also spent on air time with the Washington Bullets (NBA), Washington Capitals (NHL), Baltimore Ravens (NFL), and Baltimore Orioles, in addition to his Nationals duties.
Currently, Wood serves as a TV host for Nats Xtra and anchor on Nats Talk with Mike Wallace on MASN, and voices the post-game radio drive show, Nationals Talk Live on the Nationals Radio Network. Wood's honors include winner of the NSSA Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, a Best of Baltimore Award from Baltimore Magazine, and a Best of Washington Award from the Washington City Paper. Wood graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, VA, and earned his B.S. degree in History and English at Austin Peay State University.
Additional Washington Nationals representatives will also be on hand to discuss the State of the Nats.
The Nationals will unveil a wide-ranging silent auction that includes sports memorabilia and prominent items from the Washington Nationals, teams throughout the MLB landscape, and various Minor League Baseball organizations, as well as other Major League sports. Weekend getaway packages will also highlight the auction lineup. All proceeds from the sports auction will be donated to SPARK.
SPARK's mission is to engage community partners to fund and promote initiatives that enhance educational excellence. Organizational priorities include:
Bolstering student achievement through the Innovative Grants program and other special projects
Encouraging family involvement in education through the "SchoolFusion" online parent communication system
Creating meaningful dialogue between the schools and the community
Uniting community resources to invest in public schools
Save the date, 1/20/13, to catch up with your friends inside the Washington Nationals farm system, and to receive all the latest hot stove news and notes on P-Nats Baseball. The Potomac Nationals Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Auction is open to the public, however, RSVPs must be placed before the event, and tickets must be purchased in advance of the night's festivities. No payment for banquet tickets will be accepted at the door.
NOTE: The RSVP deadline for the 18th annual P-Nats Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Auction will be extended until Tuesday, January 15th at 5:00pm EST.
$45 per person
$20 per child (ages 12 and under)
Booster Club Members
$40 per person
$20 per child (ages 12 and under)
$35 per person
$20 per child (ages 12 and under)
Please call 703-590-2311 to receive more details on the 2013 P-Nats Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Auction at Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes.
The Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes will host the Potomac Nationals and their guests in one of their versatile ballrooms. Conveniently located off Route 66, this AAA Three Diamond hotel in Fairfax Virginia is located within minutes of premier shopping malls, major corporate offices, both Dulles and Reagan National airports, and the landmark sights of Washington, DC.
The Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes is located at:
12777 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033
The Potomac Nationals are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals and compete in the Carolina League. P-Nats 2013 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Renew your season tickets at Pfitzner Stadium for only $50 per seat. Sponsorship opportunities for the '13 season are now available. Plan your corporate outing now in preparation for next season as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the ticket office at 703-590-2311 for more!
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