More Than 60 Current/Former Reds and 17,000 Fans attend Redsfest
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with over 60 current and former players being introduced on the
CincinnatiUSA.com Redsfest Main Stage, complete with Rozzi’s fireworks and a welcome to fans by Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini.
All proceeds from the annual fan fest will help the Reds Community Fund continue its mission to connect kids and baseball.
“With extraordinary support from Reds players, coaches, alumni and staff, Redsfest continues to set a standard as one of the best fan festivals in all of sports,” said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. “The Community Fund also acknowledges the thousands of fans that attend annually, as well our many community partners who volunteer countless hours and help deliver a world-class event.
– Over 60 current and former players, coaches and broadcasters in attendance
– Kids-only autograph sessions with stars such as Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Chris Dickerson and Aaron Harang
– 20th Anniversary tribute to the 1990 World Series Champions featuring skipper Lou Piniella, Barry Larkin and many more
– Hot Stove League discussions with GM Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker
– Cintas Friday Night Concert featuring the Rusty Griswolds on the CincinnatiUSA.com Redsfest Main Stage
At the fifth-annual Reds Community Fund Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament presented by Prestige AV & Creative Services, 23-year-old Zach Hill from Milford, Ohio emerged from over 435 poker players to win the $10,000 first prize. Reds infielder Adam Rosales was the highest-finishing player or celebrity, placing 21st overall.
– Celebrity Wiffle Ball Home Run Contest with Reds prospects facing off against local media members
– Free clinics for boys and girls with instruction from current and former Reds players
– Miracle League game featuring kids from the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, which offer programs for children with disabilities and believes that every child deserves the opportunity to play baseball
About the Reds Community Fund:
The Reds Community Fund is the official nonprofit organization of the Cincinnati Reds. Since its inception in 2001, the Community Fund has been dedicated to improving the lives of youth through its baseball-themed outreach efforts. Programs include:
– Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for 300 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country
– Field Renovation, which will have helped restore 250 baseball fields before the end of the year.
Including the Match and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 30,000 kids and coaches were connected to the baseball-themed outreach efforts of the Reds Community Fund in 2009.