Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hall of Fame Luncheon

Baseball and Barbeque, two of America's greatest past times, converged today as Tom Gill Chevrolet and the Green Diamond Gallery hosted the Hall of Fame Luncheon at Montgomery Inn. The lucky participants got to enjoy the meeting, hearing from, and talking to the three major league inductees Doug Harvey, Andre Dawson, and Whitey Herzog. Further, the attendees had the pleasure of having Marty Brennamen as the master of ceremonies.

The event began with a quick introduction by Marty Brennamen and followed with speeches from each of the three Hall of Fame inductees. After the speeches, the attendees we able to conduct a question and answer session with Doug Harvey, Andre Dawson, and Whitey Herzog. The question and answer session touched on topics such as how best to coach youth baseball teams, how instant reply should be incorporated into baseball, and many stories of the all-stars.

After the question and answer session, Marty invited Tom Gill to the stagein order to present two awards given by the Character and Courage Foundation. Tom Gill Chevrolet was recognized as the main sponsor for the awards given today. Congratulations to Greg Miller for winning the Character award as he showed exceptional moral and ethical strength on and off the baseball field. Also, congratulations to Ashley Freeny for winning the courage award as she showed the quality off mind and spirit that has enabled her to face difficulty both on and off the softball field.

Following the presentation of the awards, Jon Warden (a former baseball player for the Detroit Tigers), was invited to the stage to be the auctioneer for the live auction that took place. While providing a great deal of laughter, Mr. Warden helped raise $7,800 for the Character and Courage Foundation. These funds, along with the funds raised through the silent auction, will work to empower the baseball driven lives of youth who are physically handicapped, diagnosed with life threatening illnesses, or living in impoverished areas.

Overall, the day was a great success in both honoring the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Doug Harvey, Andre Dawson, and Whitey Herzog as well as honoring Greg Miller and Ashley Freeny for persevering through the struggles in their lives both on and off the field. Tom Gill Chevrolet is excited and proud to be apart of the efforts being made by the Green Diamond Gallery and Character and Courage Foundation.

The video features the Character Award winner, Greg Miller, and the Courage Award winner, Ashley Freeny.

All of the Hall of Fame Luncheon photos can be seen here

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