This year’s B.A.T. dinner will honor Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain will also be recognized as the winner of the organization’s Bart Giamatti Award, and for the fourth straight year, the Yankees as a whole will be recognized as the American League team that donated the most money to B.A.T. during spring fundraising. Here’s the announcement from B.A.T.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) will honor legendary Hall of Famer Yogi Berra at the 24th annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner,” which will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner” is the largest fundraising event for the Baseball Assistance Team, which is an organization dedicated to helping members of the Baseball Family who are in need.
New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana will receive the Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award, which goes to an individual who provides financial support and generosity to the B.A.T. organization. Additionally, New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain will be recognized with the Bart Giamatti Award, which goes to an individual in baseball who best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated by the late Commissioner. The New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks are the respective American League and National League recipients of the Bobby Murcer Award, which is presented to the team in both the A.L. and N.L. whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T. during the Spring Training Fundraising Tour. This is the first time the D-backs have won the award, while this is the fourth consecutive year that the Yankees have won.
At the “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner,” fans are given the opportunity to interact with Baseball Hall of Famers and former and current Major League Baseball players while raising money that goes toward assisting members of the Baseball Family who have fallen on hard times. The night’s festivities include a cocktail hour in which attendees have the opportunity to meet and receive autographs from baseball legends and Hall of Famers, and players are seated with guests at each table during the dinner. All proceeds from the evening go to the Baseball Assistance Team.
“The Baseball Assistance Team is proud to honor the legendary Yogi Berra whose legacy is one of baseball’s greatest treasures,” said B.A.T. President Gary Thorne. “Yogi has believed in B.A.T.’s mission from the very beginning. We are pleased to offer fans the opportunity to thank him for all he has given to the great game of baseball, while also having the opportunity to raise money to help others who need help and have nowhere else to turn.”
“B.A.T. has helped many members of the baseball family over the years, and that makes this honor really special for me,” said Yogi Berra. “I’m hoping to see a lot of old friends at the dinner, and if I can help encourage people to donate to this great cause, that’s a great thing too.”
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele will perform the National Anthem prior to the dinner. In 2007, she released the critically-lauded album “I AM.” The album included the song “Be OK,” which led to her first Grammy Award, and also “Epiphany,” which debuted at #1 on Sound Scan. Chrisette’s fourth album will be released in early Spring 2013 and is simply titled, “BETTER.”
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