Cubs GM Hendry to highlight FanFest 2008
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November 28, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry will headline Rockford RiverHawks FanFest 2008.

The team announced on Wednesday its plans for the annual event, which will be held 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd. Tickets for the event are $25 and includes dinner, with tables for 10 available. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Rockford Boys and Girls Clubs. Tickets can be purchased at Road Ranger Stadium, Giovanni’s, Rock Valley Federal Credit Union, Tom Harmer Sports, and Got Quarters in Cherry Vale Mall beginning Dec. 14.

Wayne Messmer, the public-address announcer at Wrigley Field, will be the event’s master of ceremonies.

FanFest has been revamped to resemble the annual Cubs Caravan, which will not visit Rockford this winter. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. An autograph show featuring former major-leaguers, former RiverHawks and current members of the team begins at 6:30 p.m. Hendry and guests will take questions from the audience starting at 8 p.m.

“We are combining the very popular Cubs Caravan concept with our annual FanFest and meshing them together to bring to the surface what we think will be an even better event and all the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs,” general manager Josh Olerud said. “It just makes sense.”

The caravan raised more than $170,000 over the past 26 years for the scholarship program of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase RiverHawks souvenirs and apparel. In addition, the RiverHawks’ inflatable speed pitch from the stadium will be at Giovanni’s.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season in 2008. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. RiverHawk games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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