"Harmon's Heart Of Baseball" Encourages All Of Us To Continue Killebrew's Legacy of Compassion

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On Saturday, August 10 -- the anniversary of his 500th career home run – Nita Killebrew, the Minnesota Twins, and Productive Alternatives, Inc. invite the public to celebrate people of all abilities at Target Field. A portion of every ticket sold through this event’s website helps provide the gift of a full and joyful life for many people with disabilities.

2019 T-Shirt features portrait of Harmon Killebrew by artist Robert Blehert

T-Shirt Design displayed by Robert Blehert and Owners of Wallace Carlson Printing

Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.

On the field, Harmon Killebrew was a baseball legend. Off the field, he was a champion for people with disabilities. Harmon once said: “Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.” To honor his legacy of caring and compassion for others, the Harmon’s Heart of Baseball fundraiser event and award were created to bring people together to celebrate, have fun, and advocate for people of all abilities.

The second annual Harmon’s Heart of Baseball event and award presentation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at Target Field in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians game. The funds raised will be used to support Productive Alternatives, Inc., a non-profit organization that specializes in helping adults with disabilities find and retain meaningful employment.

Participation in the event occurs at two levels, and both help Productive Alternatives, Inc., the designated charity organization: Individual Ticket Purchases, and the Grand Slam Package.

For those choosing to make a Ticket Purchase through the official Harmon’s Heart of Baseball website, the celebration includes the following:

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a pre-game on-field program and presentation of the Harmon’s Heart of Baseball Award by Harmon’s widow, Nita Killebrew. The award will recognize a person with disabilities who exemplifies the values and a loving heart like the award’s namesake, Harmon Killebrew. To see last year’s winner and to nominate a person with disabilities for the 2019 Harmon’s Heart of Baseball Award, visit Harmon's Heart of Baseball official website. Nominations must be received by June 15 in order to be considered for this year’s award.

By special arrangement, the National Anthem will be performed by the Minnesota Veterans Home Choir from Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

At 6:10 p.m. the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. The day is topped off with a commemorative piece of art: a portrait of Harmon by artist Robert Blehert. Following the game at each gate 15,000 fans will receive an 18” X 24” glossy poster of a portrait of Harmon Killebrew, courtesy of the artist and Harmon’s Heart of Baseball corporate sponsors Wallace Carlson Printing, KLN Family Brands and Vector Windows.

Those who order the Grand Slam Package may enjoy all of the preceding plus additional perks, including: riding to and from the event on a luxury tour bus, a beautiful commemorative T-shirt featuring the Harmon Killebrew art by Robert Blehert, Killebrew tote bag, food and fun at the Tailgate Party with Nita Killebrew, and a certificate to redeem a 12” x 18” Harmon Killebrew portrait print at the Harmon’s Heart of Baseball booth at Target Field later that day. Artist Robert Blehert will be on hand during the game to autograph the prints. As with the posters, the prints are courtesy of the artist, Wallace Carlson Printing, KLN Family Brands and Vector Windows.

It should be noted that the buses will be departing from Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Perham, Brainerd, Parkers Prairie, Little Falls, and Alexandria; all are Minnesota cities where Productive Alternatives has offices.

From 1:45 pm to 4:00 p.m. the Tailgate Party will be held at Zurah Shrine Center, 6120 Blue Circle Drive, Minnetonka, and co-hosted by the Fergus Falls Corner Stone Lodge #99 and Birak Shrine Club. (There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, which will benefit the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.)

To support adults with disabilities through Harmon’s Heart of Baseball, please purchase Tickets or the Grand Slam Package through the HarmonsHeart.org website, or contact Tammy Anderson by phone at 218-998-5646 or via email at tammya(at)productivemn(dot)org. You may also purchase tickets on the Minnesota Twins website.

For sixty years Productive Alternatives, Inc., a non-profit organization, has been committed to providing services of the highest quality that make a huge impact in the lives of persons with disabilities. To learn more about how Productive Alternatives is helping people today, please visit our website at ProductiveMN.org.

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