Funnville - The Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, have unveiled an action-packed itinerary of events for 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week presented by Genworth. The All-Star Week festivities begin Sunday, July 7 with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney's Kickoff at Brown's Island and concludes with the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10. The four-day whirlwind also includes a special All-Star Country Music Jam at Richmond Raceway and a unique Celebrity Home Run Derby, featuring an on-field cocktail party DURING the event. Tickets for All-Star Week presented by Genworth go on sale to the general public on December 1, 2018. A full rundown of event details can be found below.
"Genworth is very pleased to partner with the Richmond Flying Squirrels to host All-Star Week 2019 in RVA," said Genworth President and CEO Tom McInerney. "In addition to several days of fun-filled events, culminating in the All-Star Game, participants will have the opportunity to join Genworth in supporting several important community partners, including the Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities, United Way, and/or FeedMore. We look forward to the energy and excitement All-Star Week 2019 will bring to our region and its residents."
The 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week is the first All-Star contest at The Diamond since 1992. All-Star Week Merchandise is now available in the Retro Brand Team Store at The Diamond. Additionally, the Flying Squirrels will be celebrating their 10th anniversary season in 2019.
Schedule of All-Star Week Events
Sunday, July 7: Mayor Levar Stoney's All-Star Week Kickoff on Brown's Island
The Richmond community and the Flying Squirrels welcome in the 2019 Eastern League All-Stars, baseball dignitaries, guests and fans to Brown's Island for this kickoff event featuring live music, entertainment and delicious selections from Richmond's nationally recognized food and beverage scene. The entire Richmond region is encouraged to attend this free event.
Monday, July 8: All-Star Country Music Jam at Virginia Credit Union Live at Richmond Raceway
Join the Flying Squirrels and the All-Star Week entourage for a special night of music at Virginia Credit Union Live at Richmond Raceway. The Flying Squirrels will be announcing a nationally-renowned musical guest to headline the event soon.
Tuesday, July 9: Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby & Funnville Fan Fest
No All-Star event is complete without a home run derby and the Flying Squirrels are going all-out for 2019. This unique event features celebrities paired with All-Stars in a series of home run and hitting challenges. Fans can enjoy a once-in-a lifetime VIP on-field experience during the contest! Live DJ and post-derby concert and fireworks cap off the night!
Wednesday, July 10: 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game
The first All-Star Game in Richmond since 1992 will be hosted at The Diamond on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The Mid-Summer Classic includes some of Major League Baseball's brightest stars of tomorrow. The Eastern and Western division rivals will also be led by a celebrity manager in each dugout. Fireworks follow the game.
"The Richmond community and the Flying Squirrels organization have proven to be the complete package for excellence in making a positive impact on people's lives," said Eastern League President Joe McEachern. "This All-Star game presentation will again demonstrate why this organization will stop at nothing to make the fan experience a special memory. Many thanks to Genworth for helping to make this presentation a reality. Eastern League members are most anxious to attend what we anticipate will be a series of events unlike any other!"
The Flying Squirrels are excited to leverage All-Star Week presented by Genworth as a spotlight for the entire Richmond region. In addition to the litany of events, the team will be providing Eastern League members and officials with an in-depth Richmond experience in conjunction with ChamberRVA, Richmond Region Tourism and local businesses. Visiting team members, club staff and other All-Star Week partners will be provided with a variety of "excursions" offered throughout the week. These excursions are designed to showcase the vibrant Richmond landscape and thriving businesses community. A few excursion options provided to guests include visits to King's Dominion, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Black History Museum.
"We're thrilled that Genworth is our title sponsor for All-Star Week," said Flying Squirrels President and Managing Partner Lou DiBella. "Not only do we look forward to creating fun-filled experiences for our fan and neighbors, but also for the thousands that will visit Richmond for these events. We can't wait for all to experience our booming hometown and we look forward to showing people the best of minor league baseball in the Eastern League, while sharing the thriving culture of the Richmond region."
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long-term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
About The Flying Squirrels
The Flying Squirrels operate at The Diamond year-round and are currently taking orders for season memberships, partial plan memberships and hospitality areas for the 2019 season. The Retro Brand Team Store, located at The Diamond, is also open throughout the offseason during the week (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Keep up with the Squirrels and upcoming offseason events by visiting www.squirrelsbaseball.com
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