Guests scheduled to appear at this year’s Detroit Tigers/Toledo Mud Hens Fandemonium include Manager Jim Leyland, Toledo pitching coach A.J. Sager, pitcher Eddie Bonine, outfielder Brent Clevlen, second baseman Michael Hollimon, pitcher Chris Lambert, first baseman Jeff Larish, pitcher Clay Rapada, third baseman Mike Hessman, outfielders Ryan Raburn, Marcus Thames, and Clete Thomas, and Tigers’ television broadcaster Mario Impemba.
Leyland, a Perrysburg native, had already been announced as the guest speaker for the 2009 Tigers/Toledo Mud Hens Fandemonium.
The list of guests is subject to change. Fans can buy Premium Seats to have dinner with their favorite Mud Hens/Tiger Player. They can buy a seat at a premium table that will ensure them the company of a Mud Hens/Tiger player, coach or broadcaster. There are a limited number of premium seats available. All tickets include a formal dinner with a cash bar available.
The Mud Hens and the Catholic Youth Organization have announced that they have formed a partnership and say they would like all baseball fans to mark the date on your calendar – Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – as they present:
“Mud Hens Fandemonium to benefit the 16th Annual Monsignor Jerome E. Schmit Youth Foundation Dinner”
This event will help kick off the 2009 season of Tigers and Mud Hens baseball and will be held at The Pinnacle in Maumee from 6-9 pm.
Tickets for the event can be purchased through the CYO office by phone at (419) 244-6711 (ext. 609). Tickets, which are limited in supply, are priced at $50 and tables of ten can be purchased for $500. All tickets include dinner with a cash bar available.
Money raised at this event will benefit the Monsignor Schmit Youth Endowment Fund with a portion of the proceeds going to the “Helping Hens Charitable Fund” which benefits less fortunate children in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan area.
Toledo Mud Hens President/General Manager Joe Napoli said, “We are very happy to partner with the Catholic Youth Organization for this yearly tradition. The money raised at the event will benefit local students and their further education. Former CYO athlete Jim Leyland is sure to get fans excited about the 2009 season and we look forward to seeing all of the Mud Hens players back in Toledo.”
The Monsignor Schmit Youth Foundation was founded in 1991 by the CWV Logsdon-Walla Post 639 to honor Monsignor Schmit, who served as the Chaplain for their Post for more than 25 years. It was established to perpetuate Monsignor Schmit’s work with young people throughout the Toledo diocese. The Foundation has provided more than $60,000 annually to support CYO athletics, The Catholic Club and Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministry, along with six Catholic High School Scholarships.
In addition to all of his work with young people in the Toledo diocese, Monsignor Schmit also served for many years on the Toledo Mud Hens Board of Directors.