Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago's 61st Annual Awards Dinner

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The Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago's 61st Annual Awards Dinner is scheduled for January 28, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This annual event features a diverse lineup of baseball personalities currently employed in the Chicagoland area or that have ties to the area. The attendees are from all levels of the game, youth baseball to the major leagues, and include current/former players, executives, scouts, and media. There are tickets available for this event and they can be purchased individually or an entire table.

Chicago White Sox Center Fielder Brian Anderson to present the Patriot Award to war hero Bryan Anderson at the 61st annual Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago Awards Banquet to be held Sunday, January 28th, 2007. The event will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

"Sgt. Anderson is a hero, plain and simple." -- Senator Barack Obama

Every conflict produces its portraits in courage. Bryan Anderson, a young man from Rolling Meadows who lost both legs and his left arm in an attack in Baghdad, is one of those portraits. He's a portrait in courage not only for putting his life on the line in a distant land, but also for facing up to and overcoming the intense demands of making himself better and adjusting to a life with prosthetic limbs.

We at the Pitch and Hit Club say the Patriot award won't be big enough. The slogan "Support our troops" isn't just about doing all we can to let our fighting men and women know we are behind them when they are off fighting on our behalf. It is also about doing all we can to make their return home, as positive and rewarding an experience as we can. Our most profound thanks for all his sacrifices.

Bryan from all of us to you and your family welcome to the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago.

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,

In liberating strife,

Who more than self, THEIR country loved,

And mercy more than life,

America, OH America, may God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain devined.

"This will be a great night for all of us with the Pitch and Hit Club because we not only will be able to honor professional people in the game but also local individuals who have gone through some extraordinary difficulties in their lives." -- Peter Caliendo, President

The club is also honoring Brian Stewart a young man who survived a car accident and was told he had a 95% chance he would never walk again but persevered not only walk again but continued his college baseball career at the College of DuPage. He will be awarded with the Amateur Comeback Player of the Year award. Peggy Kusinski did a wonderful piece on Brian as seen on NBC Chicago, Channel 5. Peggy will also be receiving the Sportscaster of the Year award that evening.

The Bo Jackson Courage award will be given to a brave young man from O'Fallon Illinois. Brandon Gass a high school senior pitcher who went 9-1 on the mound for his high school is currently recuperating from his latest heart surgery. This is his 8th surgery on his heart and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Chicago Radio & TV Personality Tom Shaer will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening along with Presenters Bruce Levine from ESPN 1000/WMVP and Dave Kaplan from WGN Radio 720. Guest speaker will be the former LA Dodger and stolen base king, Maury Wills.

A free autograph session with live entertainment provided by Chicago White Sox Organist Nancy Faust will take place from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM. Current major leaguers Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson, along with former MLB players like Maury Wills, Kevin Hickey, Greg Walker, Eric Soderholm, John Cangelosi, Donn Pall, Bill Campbell, Bill Sharpe, Gene Hiser, and Dave Otto will be signing autographs

The dinner begins at 5:30 PM followed by the after-dinner awards program at 7:00 PM. Award winners include Detroit Tiger Curtis Granderson, Chicago Cubs President John McDonough, Chicago White Sox Executive Roger Bossard, MLB VP Bob Watson, LA Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, Peoria Legend Pete Vonachen, and many others.

Dinner updates and any additions to the dinner lineup will be posted regularly at pitchandhitclub.org.

Individual tickets are $60 and a table of 10 can be purchased for $600. Tickets are available via the following methods.

By phone, call Ticket Coordinator Chip Sobek at (219) 865-9442. By email, e-mail your ticket requests to i22chipster@sbcglobal. net or the club office at pitchandhitclub@comcast. net. You can also call the club at (847) 781-8039.

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