Major League Baseball comes to Minden for Boys & Girls Club Valley fundraiser

The second annual Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley "Go To Bat World Series Extravaganza" is Oct. 19 and 20 at various locations in Carson Valley. There are four events the community can attend which coincide with game one of the 2007 World Series and all proceeds will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley.

An art show sponsored by Art!Rageous is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the gallery, 1685 Highway 395. The event features food and beverages.

Children and adults are invited to enjoy a free autograph session with several Major League Baseball players 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Carson Valley Inn's Shannon Ballroom. Some of the player scheduled to appear are George Foster and Ken Griffey Sr. from the Cincinnati Reds, Torre Langley of the Florida Marlins, Jacob McGee from Tampa Bay, Darrell Rasner of the New York Yankees, Jake Rasner of the Chicago White Sox, Kody Kirkland of the Detroit Tigers and Andy Dominique of the Boston Red Sox.

Special edition mini Louisville Slugger World Series bats will be available for purchase and can be autographed at the event. There is no admission charge, donations will be accepted.

The third event is the Carson Valley Major League Baseball Play with the Pros golf tournament, 11 a.m. at Genoa Lakes resort course. A tournament entry fee of $250 per person includes continental breakfast, a round of golf with a MLB pro on your team in a scramble format, lunch and prizes that include a ticket to the World Series party.

The Go To Bat World Series Party kicks off 5:15 p.m. in the upstairs dining room at the Genoa Lakes resort course club house. Tickets are $50 per person.

A baseball stadium-style dinner of hot dogs, burgers and snacks will be served. Capital Beverage sponsors beer tasting. Big-screen TVs, raffle prizes, and games are scheduled for the event.

"The Boys & Girls Club proudly opened this summer and is currently serving over 300 club members," said Club Chief Volunteer Officer JoJo Townsell. "The World Series Extravaganza is our signature event to raise funds for the club for the annual operating expenses. All clubs in the U.S. operate on donations and I am so proud to offer these services to our own kids here in the Valley."

Attendees will have the opportunity to rub elbows with MLB players all evening as well as bid on silent auction items including everything from car washes and ski passes to restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia and a vacation cruise for two to Mexico.

"We want everyone to come and enjoy the ball game, good food, good people, good fun and help raise funds for our local club," said event coordinator Drew Aguilar of Carson Valley Accounting.

Tournament registration and tickets to the evening event are available at several locations throughout Gardnerville and Minden: all Carson Valley Edward Jones offices, the Carson Valley Accounting office, Carson River Community Bank, Re/Max in Gardnerville and the Minden branch of Nevada State Bank.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America are dedicated to providing a safe place for kids to enjoy a variety of programs and services designed to enrich their lives. They promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow, all while having fun.

Information, 782-7874 or 882-8820.


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