Phillies Winter Banquet Circuit
By Matt Veasey
The Phillies Winter Banquet circuit takes players, coaches and staff on a tour around the various minor league affiliates as an opportunity for fans in those locales to meet the big leaguers. It is also an important fund-raising charitable opportunity.
Phils manager Ryne Sandberg leads the contingent this time around, and he will be joined by various players at the different minor league venues in Lakewood, Reading, and out in the Lehigh Valley.
On Tuesday evening, January 20th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA the doors will open for a cocktail hour beginning at 5:30pm. This will be followed by the actual banquet at 6:30pm. In addition to Sandberg, the scheduled guests of honor are players Ben Revere, Domonic Brown, and Ken Giles.
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This event in Reading will benefit Baseballtown Charities. For reservations you can call 610-370-BALL, or visit the Ticket Office at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, or visit Fightins.com for more information. Baseballtown Charities keeps the game alive in Reading through programs that honor the city’s baseball history, and secure its future by giving kids the chance to play and learn from the game’s life lessons.
The banquet circuit moves to the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, NJ the following evening of January 21st. Here the gates will open at 6pm, with the event beginning at 6pm. A full 3-course dinner will be served, and your $40 tickets will benefit BlueClaws Charities and their community partners program.
Domonic Brown and Ben Revere will appear at the Phillies 2015 Winter Banquet stops
The guests of honor in Lakewood are again scheduled to be Sandberg and players Revere, Brown, and Giles. Tickets can be purchased online at the Lakewood Blue Claws MiLB site, or by calling JoAnne Bell at 732-901-7000 ext 100. You will be asked to choose between Roast Sliced Sirloin, Chicken Francaise, or Flounder Bella Vista for your dinner main course.
Finally, the Lehigh Valley banquet stop will take place on Thursday, January 22nd, with a cocktail hour beginning at 6pm at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. Tickets here are $85 per person, tables of 10 for $775. There are also “Championship Table” setups available at $1,500 which allow entrance to a private pre-event reception.
This Lehigh Valley event benefits IronPigs Charities, and the guests of honor include Sandberg, Revere, and Brown joined this time by both Darin Ruf and David Buchanan. To order tickets, call 610-841-PIGS, or you can email Dana DeFilippo at firstname.lastname@example.org, or order online at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs winter banquet site.