Cavalier Greats Set to Return for 2012 Step Up to the Plate Event
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Celebrating a decade of support for the Virginia Baseball program, the 10th annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser will be held Friday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
Several former Cavalier players who currently play professional baseball will be in attendance and participate in the speaking program with special guest, Kyle Peterson, ESPN’s college baseball analyst and former pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers. Peterson will serve as the special host for the event.
Former Cavaliers Ryan Zimmerman, Brandon Guyer, Michael Schwimer, Mike Ballard and Tyler Wilson all will be present and will participate in a round-table panel on stage with Peterson during the speaking program. Several more former Cavaliers also will be on hand for the festivities.
Step Up to the Plate tickets can be ordered in person at the UVa Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-UVA1 or online at VirginiaSports.com. Sponsored tables may be reserved by calling the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 800-626-8723. Proceeds from the event will support the Virginia Baseball program.
Ticket prices are $70 for adults, $35 for Virginia Baseball alumni, $30 for children 12 and under and $20 for current UVa students. A Family Four Pack is available, which includes two adult and two youth tickets for $175. Sponsored tables for the event are $2,500 and include a reserved table for a party of eight, admission to the pre-event reception and eight General Admission baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats). The pre-event reception for table sponsors will begin at 5:15 p.m. There is also a group or team special rate with the purchase of 20 or more tickets – $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
Parking for the event is free in the John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall lots.
The night begins with an autograph session with the 2012 Virginia baseball team and silent auction at 5:45 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes a buffet barbecue dinner.
After dinner, Peterson and the former Cavalier greats will speak to the event audience. A live auction will close the night, while a silent auction will be conducted until 7:30 p.m. The silent auction will include autographed memorabilia from Virginia and the professional ranks, as well as game tickets and more.
The live auction features many exciting items, including:
• Travel with the UVa Baseball Team to Miami
• Travel with the UVa Baseball Team to FSU
• Hawaiian Vacation Condo on the Big Island
• Danny Hultzen Virginia to Seattle Package featuring Cavalier and Mariners jerseys, balls and photos
• 2011 College World Series Package featuring a limited edition jersey, chair and helmet
• Road to Omaha framed picture set
• Your Team vs. UVa Baseball Team in a Fall Ball Game
• 2011 College World Series Ring Package (item is no longer available)
Pre-event reception for table sponsors
Doors open, silent auction begins and autograph session with 2012 Virginia Baseball Team
Buffet barbecue dinner begins; Cavalier greats and Kyle Peterson will speak to the audience following dinner; the night concludes with a live auction