Golf, the Orioles and a good cause

I blogged about this earlier in the offseason, but the team just released more info on the inaugural OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic, which will be held February 17 at The Founders Club in Sarasota, Fla. Here’s the release…
 
Hall of Fame Pitcher and MASN broadcaster Jim Palmer and Orioles manager Buck Showalter will headline a group of current and former O’s participating in the inaugural OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club in Sarasota on Thursday, February 17.  They will be joined by current Orioles Brian Roberts, Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson, Jeremy Guthrie, Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Koji Uehara, Jeremy Accardo, Rick VandenHurk and Craig Tatum; coaches Mark Connor, John Russell and Rick Adair and former O’s Dave Schmidt and John O’Donohue.

The Classic will benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, a new organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch at noon, with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. and will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches.

Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners, with multiple levels of participation available:

ALL STAR SPONSOR: (regular foursome)

? One foursome to be paired with participating Orioles celebrity

? Lunch and awards dinner at the course

? Commemorative gift and photograph of your group

 SINGLE GOLFER:

? Sign up individually and get paired with three other golfers and an Orioles celebrity (pending availability)

? Lunch and awards dinner at the course

? Commemorative gift and photograph of your group

 CONTEST HOLE SPONSOR:

? Your company logo prominently displayed on one (1) tee box sign for either Longest Drive or Closest to the Pin contests

HOLE SPONSOR:

? Your company logo prominently displayed on one (1) tee box sign

For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota will build a synthetically surfaced baseball field and all the requisite amenities in Longwood Park, just off University Parkway in Sarasota. Sarasota County has committed $500,000 to the capital improvement of Longwood Park. The opening game of the Miracle League of Manasota is planned for Fall 2011. For more information, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Tracee Crump at (941) 954-4101 or tcrump@orioles.com. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 3.

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