FLINT – The annual Hot Stove fundraiser event for the Greater Flint Baseball and Softball Association (GFBSA) will feature former Detroit Tiger great Lance Parrish. The money raised will once again go toward upgrades at Whaley and Broome Parks in Flint. Last year’s event with Jim Leyland brought in more than $20,000.
“This fundraiser will benefit everyone that uses any of the fields at Broome and Whaley Park,” said GFBSA board member Drew Johnson, also the athletic director at LakeVille High. “We have thousands of youth baseball and softball players that use the fields, as well as hundreds of high school-aged (players) and adults.
Parrish was a member of the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers. He will be part of an evening that will feature good food, adult beverages and great conversation. This is an up-close and personal opportunity to spend an evening with a Detroit sports legend and help youth baseball in the Flint area. Parrish has been managing in the Detroit “farm system” and recently was promoted to the Tigers’ front office. He should be able to give an interesting and insightful perspective on the past and future of the Tigers’ organization.
As part of the evening, Judge Duncan Beagle will serve as master of ceremonies ofaQ&Asessionthatwillfeature questions from those in attendance. The Q&A should run approximately one hour.
There are couple of options to attend this event, keeping in mind that the GFABSA is a non-profit and admission cost is tax deductible. The $100 ticket will give guests limited access in the small venue that will be limited to 200 people. A $250 ticket gives guests a private MVP session with Parrish that includes a photo opportunity.
The event takes place at Foutch’s Strike Zone, 1483 Linden Rd., Flint MI 48532. The MVP session runs 5:20-6 p.m. and the main event at 6 p.m. General admission includes appetizers, buffet style dinner and a cash bar.
Purchase tickets online at www.greaterflintabsac.com.