2014 Legends for Youth Dinner

MLBPAA Causes
Jim Thome received the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award from the Hall of Famer himself at the 2011 Legends for Youth Dinner. (Eve Roytshteyn/MLB.com)

Date:Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Venue:Capitale
130 Bowery
New York, NY 10013

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce that Clint Hurdle will be honored with the 2014 Brooks Robinson Community Service Award and Wade Boggs and Brooks Robinson will be honored with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Capitale.

The Brooks Robinson Community Service Award is given annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to a current or former Major Leaguer. The recipient's community service exemplifies the unselfish and humble attitude of Robinson, bettering the lives of the youth in his community. The award is given in honor of the dedication Robinson has shown to young people across the country through his support of the Legends for Youth Clinic series and the MLBPAA since its inception in 1982. Previous winners include Jim Thome, Jamie Moyer and Tim Wakefield.

In his charitable efforts, Hurdle is the national spokesperson for the Prader-Willi Association, an organization that raises awareness for a complex genetic disorder that bears the same name. Each season, Hurdle and his wife, Karla, execute a fundraising campaign with ROOT Sports and Pirates Charities to raise funds for the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh’s Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome. The campaign, “Wins for Kids,” is run throughout the season based on donations from fans and supporters.

Hurdle is in his fourth season with the Pirates, spending the prior eight years with the Colorado Rockies, whom he guided to the 2007 World Series. As the 2013 National League Manager of the Year, Hurdle led the Pirates to the National League Division Series. With the Rockies in 2008, he was chosen to manage the National League All-Star team. During his 10-year playing career, Hurdle spent time with the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

Boggs, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, was a 12-time All-Star and eight-time Silver Slugger winner throughout his 18-year career. For his efforts at third base, Boggs was awarded two Gold Gloves, in 1994 and 1995. A five-time American League batting champion, he compiled 3,010 hits and a .328 batting average during his time in the Majors. He was also paramount to the success of the Baseball for Kids weekend, a fundraiser for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Boggs played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, assisting the Yankees in their World Series win in 1996.

Robinson, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, was an 18-time All-Star and 16-time Gold Glove winner throughout his 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" for his efforts at third base, Robinson is regarded by many as the best defensive third baseman the game has ever seen, and still owns career records for most games played as a third baseman, most assists, putouts and double plays as a third baseman. He played in four World Series during his time in the Majors, winning two, in 1966 and 1970, and earning World Series MVP honors in 1970. In 1964, Robinson led the American League in runs batted in and won the American League MVP. Robinson has served as president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1988, dedicating his time and efforts to bettering the lives of children and communities through the Legends for Youth Clinic Series.

The Legends for Youth Dinner aims to recognize former Major League players for their accomplishments on the diamond coupled with their off-the-field contributions to communities across the nation. In addition to the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, the national Heart and Hustle Award winner will be announced at the event.

Scheduled to attend: Wade Boggs, Brooks Robinson, Clint Hurdle, Darren Bragg, Jim Bouton, Fred Cambria, Frank Catalanotto, Rick Cerone, Ron Darling, Rajai Davis, Oreste Destrade, Corey Dickerson, John Doherty, Dave Fleming, John Franco, Joe Garagiola Jr., Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Rich Hand, Jim Hannan, Josh Harrison, Kevin Kiermaier, Al Leiter, Brian McRae, Jerry Moses, CJ Nitkowski, Adam Ottavino, Dennis Rasmussen, Steve Rogers, Mike Stanley, Gary Thorne, Jose Valdivielso, Eric Young Sr., Jon Warden, Bernie Williams

The MLBPAA allocates proceeds from the event to the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic series. The Legends for Youth program is a series of free baseball clinics designed to provide children with positive role models, teach young players baseball fundamentals and promote the game of baseball. Former players, such as George Foster, Bobby Grich, Ferguson Jenkins, Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda and Tom Seaver, have participated in past clinics.

To purchase a table or tickets for the Legends for Youth Dinner, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at nikki@mlbpaa.com or visit www.baseballalumni.com.

The MLBPAA has created three table levels: an Honoree Table, Hall of Fame Table and a Legends Table for the Legends for Youth Dinner. This opportunity offers a significant client entertainment or internal sales incentive platform and the ability to mingle in a first-class setting with baseball's legends. In addition, the Legends for Youth Dinner fulfills cause-related marketing/philanthropic objectives because of the youth program beneficiaries. Whatever your objectives, cause-related, client entertainment, incentive programs or business development, this opportunity meets those goals.

Table pricing structure
Legends for Youth Dinner Honoree Table$25,000
Legends for Youth Hall of Fame Table$15,000
Legends for Youth Legends Table$7,500
Individual Plates (per plate)$500
Please note: A portion of the sponsorship proceeds are tax-deductible as the MLBPAA is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization.

Honoree table benefits
• Three (3) tables of 10 -- premier seating with honorees
• Premier placement of logo in evening program and event signage
• Inclusion in sponsor loop and invitation
• 10 baseballs signed by Heart and Hustle Award winner
• 10 baseballs signed by celebrity attendees
• Logo inclusion on step and repeat/press photo wall
• Logo/name inclusion on event page of MLBPAA website with reciprocal link and social media acknolwedgment
• Meet-and-greet with players, celebrity attendees for up to six guests
• Champagne for all guests

Hall of Fame table benefits
• Two (2) tables of 10 -- premium seating with Hall of Fame player
• Premium placement of logo in the evening program and event signage
• Inclusion in sponsor loop and invitation
• Five (5) baseballs signed by Heart and Hustle Award winner
• Five (5) baseballs signed by celebrity attendees
• Logo/name inclusion on event page of MLBPAA website with reciprocal link and social media acknowledgement
• Meet-and-greet with players, celebrity attendees for up to four guests

Legends table benefits
• One (1) table of 10 with celebrity attendee
• Logo inclusion in evening program and event signage
• Inclusion in sponsor loop and invitation
• One (1) baseball signed by Heart and Hustle Award winner
• One (1) baseball signed by celebrity attendees
• Logo/name inclusion on event page of MLBPAA website with reciprocal link and social media acknowledgement
• Meet-and-greet with players, celebrity attendees for up to two guests