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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball program’s seventh annual Step Up to the Plate benefit will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. The featured speaker will be Charlie Manuel, manager of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Tickets remain available and may be ordered in person at the UVa Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-UVA1 or online at until the close of business Thursday. Ticket prices are $60 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under and Virginia Baseball alumni. There is also a group or team special with the purchase of 20 or more tickets.

Sponsored tables for the event are $2,500 and include a reserved table for a party of eight, eight general admission baseball season tickets and admission to the private pre-event reception at 5 p.m. Tables may be reserved by calling 800-626-8723. Proceeds from the event will go to the Virginia Baseball program.

The night kicks off with an autograph session with the 2009 Virginia baseball team and silent auction at 6 p.m. A buffet barbecue dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Following dinner, Manuel will speak to the event audience, and a live auction will close the night. The silent and live auctions will include autographed memorabilia from Virginia and the professional ranks, as well as game tickets and more.

Parking for the event will be in the Central Grounds Garage. Parking validation will be available at Mem Gym upon exit or following the event.

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