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Laurene Weste: Hit a home run with Santa Clarita’s Dodger Day

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Posted: May 7, 2010 8:48 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2010 6:00 a.m.
The boys of summer are ready to go with Santa Clarita’s most popular community sports traditions: Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day.

This year’s Dodger Day will take place tonight, and will once again offer residents the opportunity to enjoy one of America’s most beloved pastimes and favorite sports teams at a fraction of the cost.

The 2010 Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day will feature our boys in blue battling it out on their home turf against the Colorado Rockies. Game time is 7:10 p.m., with pregame festivities, including a youth parade, set to kick off at 7 p.m.

Residents can also catch the live performance of the national anthem by 18-year-old local resident Andrea Lewis – the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Game Entertainment Department hand-picked Lewis to perform the national anthem and seventh-inning stretch performance.

The national anthem contest is a long standing tradition that goes back to the first Santa Clarita Dodger Day. Santa Clarita residents audition with both the city and the Dodger Day committee for the honor of singing the anthem. Past winners have ranged from local high school students to grandparents filled with pride for their city and a love of the game.

Santa Clarita residents love baseball, and baseball diamonds at local parks can be found filled with community members of all ages throughout the year. Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day guarantees an elevated level of fun for the whole family, as well as a fantastic way to show support for local kids and the community.

Keeping with the tradition of previous Santa Clarita Dodger Day events, a portion of community members’ discounted-ticket proceeds will hit home in Santa Clarita in the form of donations.

The Santa Clarita Dodger Day has made a habit of making a significant and positive impact in the local community. In past years, local Dodger Day events have continuously committed more than $10,000 annually to our local schools and nonprofit organizations.
Thirteen local elementary schools and middle schools benefit from important funding earned through the Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day, including Santa Clarita Elementary, Tesoro Elementary, Castaic Middle School, Helmers Elementary, Canyon Springs Elementary and many more.

A number of local nonprofit organizations also from receive funding made possible by the Dodger Day event, including the city’s Newhall Community Center, Boy Scouts of America Troop 222, Cub Scout Group 58, the local Child and Family Center, the Betty Ferguson Foundation, Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, Hart Baseball and Softball programs, Community Benefits Funding Committee and the LETMESAIL organization.

I am especially looking forward to our Chamber of Commerce President John Shaffery’s throwing out of the first pitch. It will be caught by none other than Ian Lamont, publisher of the Signal, who was once a professional baseball catcher.

I invite community members of all ages to head out to Dodger Stadium tonight to celebrate one of the city’s most beloved traditions, while benefitting the community and rooting for the home team!

Laurene Weste is the Mayor for the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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