Woodbridge, VA---The Potomac Nationals are excited to announce that Washington Nationals' MASN-TV On-Field Reporter, Dan Kolko, will serve as the keynote speaker at Potomac's 22nd annual Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Sports Memorabilia Auction at Old Hickory Golf Club on Sunday, January 29th, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.
In addition to Kolko, a duo from the front office of the Washington Nationals will also be in attendance. Director of Player Development, Mark Scialabba, and Director of Minor League Operations, Ryan Thomas will also highlight Potomac's 2017 kick-off event.
The club's premier off-season event is open to the general public and will take place in the main ballroom at Old Hickory Golf Club.
Kolko, who became Washington's on-field reporter for the 2014 season, joined MASN's coverage of the Nationals in 2012 after working as a website reporter for the station covering the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens.
Known as much for his on-field reporting as much as the unknown that may occur during his post-game interviews with Washington outfielder, Jayson Werth, Kolko got his start as a radio broadcaster at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Kolko then transferred to the University of Delaware, where he had the opportunity to do live TV broadcasts of football and men's and women's basketball, both in play-by-play and color commentary.
Kolko joined Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, MD after his time with the Blue Hens, and then became part of the early MASN website staff, where he eventually began his coverage of the Ravens and later joined the coverage of the Nationals.
Keister is set for his fourth consecutive season at the helm for the P-Nats. In 2016, he led the club to the Northern Division Championship Series, and in 2014, led the squad to its most recent Carolina League Championship. Keister's 2016 squad went 73-65 and went to a decisive game three of the NDCS vs. the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians). The Delaware native's 2016 team finished second in the league in ERA (3.76), had four mid-season Carolina League All-Stars, and featured Washington's Minor League Player of the Year, 1B Jose Marmolejos.
Scialabba and Thomas continue in their role with the Major League team, tasked with helping turn the system's stars of tomorrow into big league help in pursuit of the franchise's first World Series title.
Potomac Nationals' fans, booster club members, official sponsors, group outing leaders, Washington Nationals representatives, and special guests of the team, will take in a night of off-season baseball talk, while enjoying great food and an all-encompassing silent sports memorabilia auction to benefit S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids).
The P-Nats' Hot Stove Banquet will include an open cocktail hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, while the silent sports memorabilia auction will run until 7:45pm. A plated dinner and the full program will run from 6:30 until approximately 8:00pm.
Mike Weisman, the "Voice of the Potomac Nationals" and Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, will serve as the emcee for the 2017 P-Nats Hot Stove Banquet.
The ballroom crowd will have the opportunity to hear from Kolko on his rise to his current role as the on-field reporter for the Washington Nationals and hear stories of his unique run ins in post-game interviews with players who have donned The Red, White, & Blue in Woodbridge.
Keister will continue his previews of the 2017 squad, which will mix a crop of fresh new faces amongst likely returning players as well, as Potomac searches for its sixth Mills Cup Championship.
The P-Nats will also recognize their 2016 Player of the Year, who will be announced at the event, as well as the 2016 Fan of the Year and Employee of the Year. In addition, the P-Nats will honor the 2016 Prince William County Baseball Player of the Year, Tyler Solomon, a senior at Battlefield High School, and Softball Player of the Year, Sydney LaScola, a senior at Osbourn Park High School, at the event.
Also on the banquet slate is the announcement of the 2017 P-Nats Fan's Choice Bobblehead, sponsored by Loyal Hygiene Solutions. This bobblehead will be given away to the first 1,250 fans through the gates at Pfitzner Stadium over Fan Appreciation Weekend, on Saturday, August 26th, the penultimate regular season home game of the 2017 P-Nats season.
Join the fun and entertaining night to get the latest on the upcoming season and have the chance to chat with multiple members of the Washington Nationals' front office to get a jump start on the 2017 Potomac Nationals season.
RSVP's for the 22nd Annual Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Sports Memorabilia Auction must be placed before the event, and tickets must be purchased in advance of the night's festivities, as no payment for banquet tickets will be accepted at the door. Tickets are $50 for each adult in attendance and $25 for children ages 12 and under.
To place an RSVP, please contact Potomac Nationals Business Operations Manager, Shawna Hooke, at 703-590-2311 ext. 212. Banquet guests are encouraged to leave a voicemail for Hooke detailing interest in placing a Hot Stove Banquet RSVP.
Old Hickory Golf Club is located at 11921 Chanceford Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia, 22192.
Please call 703-590-2311 to receive more details on the 2017 P-Nats Hot Stove Banquet and Silent Auction and Old Hickory Golf Club.
Old Hickory Golf Club is the premier upscale golf course, wedding, and banquet facility in the Northern Virginia area. The course at Old Hickory Golf Club was designed to fit its site with great precision. The Par-72, 7,077-yard championship layout is the work of architect Tim Freeland, who previously worked for the design firm of golf legend, Gary Player.
S.P.A.R.K.'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, and uniting community resources to invest in public schools.
P-Nats' 2017 ticket plans are currently on sale. For more information or to purchase any of these plans, contact Potomac Nationals Director of Ticket Operations, Chris Bentivegna, by phone at 703-590-2311, ext. 225, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
For more information or to book a group outing for the 2017 P-Nats season, contact Potomac Nationals Group Sales Executive, Alec Manriquez, at 703-590-2311, ext. 221, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and nine CL Northern Division Championships. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 season and beyond are available, as well as corporate outings for the 2017 season to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz. For more information on Potomac Nationals 2017 season tickets, mini plans, group outings, and picnic packages, visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the Potomac Nationals Ticket office at 703-590-2311.
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