Contact: Andrea Stava
Linda Lovgren, APR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2012
Hot Stove Banquet Raises Money and Awareness
Inaugural event is a home run.
OMAHA, Neb. —The Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha held the inaugural Hot Stove Banquet, presented by Lee Sapp on November 8, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. The event raised an estimated $25,700 for the Home Run Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The evening event featured silent and live auctions, baseball broadcaster Kyle Peterson and Steve Loftus whose seven-year-old daughter, Elianna, suffers with juvenile diabetes. Steve and his wife Alicia shared the challenges of Elianna’s diagnosis at age two-and-a-half and encouraged the crowd to support JDRF in their fight to find a cure.
“The staff with the Omaha Storm Chasers put on a fantastic event from start to finish,” said Chris Richardson. “I am confident that this will be an event that will only grow as more people learn of it. As a member of the JDRF Heartland Chapter Board of Directors, we appreciate the partnership established between JDRF and the Omaha Storm Chasers.”
Former Major League and Omaha Royals second baseman Harold Reynolds was scheduled to be the featured speaker but was unable to attend due to the impact of hurricane Sandy. Pinch-hitting for Reynolds was Kyle Peterson, an Elkhorn, Nebraska, native who shared his baseball stories about playing in Omaha, pitching at Stanford University and his time with the Milwaukee Brewers. Currently, Peterson is an ESPN baseball broadcaster.
The Home Run Foundation also presented the first “Top Prospect Award” to a male baseball and female softball standout from the 2012 metro high school season. Accepting those honors were Taylor Erlenbusch and Nate Griep. Erlenbusch a 2012 graduate of Millard South High School currently plays softball at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. Nate Griep graduated from Millard West High School in 2012 and now plays baseball at Kansas State.
“The Home Run Foundation is very grateful to Lee Sapp, all of our sponsors and those who attended for making the inaugural Hot Stove event a success,” said Foundation President Martie Cordaro. “We look forward to the second annual banquet in the next off-season.”
The Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha’s mission is to enhance the community through charitable contributions that benefits sports and recreational activities with a focus on youth. The Home Run Foundation is administered by the Omaha Storm Chasers.