Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meet Fernando Valenzuela @ ThinkCure Weekend

THINKCURE! WEEKEND STARTS TOMORROW

Fans can donate to ThinkCure! in stadium, online or via text all weekend long

LOS ANGELES – The fourth annual ThinkCure! Weekend begins tomorrow and will last through Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Fans can donate to ThinkCure! Weekend at any time online at www.dodgers.com/thinkcure and www.thinkcure.org, by calling (866) 554-CURE or by texting CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation through their mobile phone bill.

Fans can also donate to ThinkCure! at Dodger Stadium this weekend, as donation locations will be located throughout the stadium. The first 12 people that donate $200 to ThinkCure! through www.thinkcure.org between now and Sunday will have their message and photo shown on DodgerVision during Sunday’s game.

All ushers, ticket takers, merchandise attendants and vendors will be dressed in ThinkCure! attire throughout the weekend and ThinkCure! merchandise, including jerseys and wristbands, will be available at all Dodger Stadium merchandise locations for a suggested minimum donation.

In addition, the Think Blue sign has been changed to read “Think Cure” and the ThinkCure! logo will be painted on the field during the weekend series. Fans who tweet cancer messages or dedications and use the hashtag #ThinkCure could see their tweet during Friday and Sunday’s games on PRIME TICKET.

Friday, June 24

Programming begins at 6:00 a.m. on KABC and KLOS and will end for the day with post-game DodgerTalk on KABC and post-game Dodgers Live on PRIME TICKET.

On-air guests throughout the day will include Vin Scully, Ned Colletti, Don Mattingly, Fernando Valenzuela, Davey Lopes, Matt Kemp, Jamey Carroll, Chad Billingsley, James Loney, Matt Guerrier, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Tommy Davis as well as other special guests and hospital patients.

Tommy Lasorda will give a signed bottle of Lasorda Wine to each donor who gives $100 or more to ThinkCure! between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Fernando Valenzuela will take pictures with fans for a donation of $100 or more to ThinkCure! during the seventh inning of the game. Valenzuela will be in the ThinkCure! broadcast suite on the third base suite-level concourse

Nakia, one of eight semi-finalists on the current hit show “The Voice” will sing the National Anthem. The 36-year-old draws inspiration from the memory of his father, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Dr. Stuart Siegel of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Dr. Stephen Forman of City of Hope and 23 other doctors and researchers will throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches at the start of the game. Participating doctors will include those who have received grants from ThinkCure!
City of Hope and CHLA patients will announce “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at the start of the game, serve as the day’s honorary bat kids and take the field with the players.

Saturday, June 24

Songwriter and recording artist Kari Kimmel, whose songs have appeared in numerous movies and television shows, will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Kimmel’s aunt is a breast cancer survivor and her best friend survived brain cancer as a child. Her song “Great Big World” was the anthem for City of Hope’s 2010 Walk for Hope, a nationwide fundraising walk that benefits women’s cancers research, treatment and education at City of Hope.

YAS founder and cancer survivor Kimberly Fowler will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and present a check to ThinkCure! for the money raised in the second annual   YAS-A-THON on June 12. During the YAS-A-THON 150 people pedaled stationery bikes for three hours apiece to raise $170,000 for ThinkCure!.

City of Hope and CHLA patients will serve as the day’s honorary bat kids, announce “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” and take the field with the players at the start of the game. Five of ThinkCure!’s biggest fundraisers will take the field as well.

Sunday, June 25

Programming will begin for the day at 6:00 a.m. on KABC and conclude for the weekend after post-game DodgerTalk on KABC and post-game Dodgers Live on PRIME TICKET.
On-air guests throughout the day will include Tommy Lasorda, Hiroki Kuroda, who will make a special announcement in the ThinkCure! broadcast suite, Jaime Jarrín, Andre and Maggie Ethier, Matt Guerrier and Jimmy Campanis.

Steve Yeager will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans in Viva Los Dodgers in Lot 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a suggested $5 donation to ThinkCure!

Broadway actor Sara Jean Ford, who is originally from Newbury Park currently performing as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera,” will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Ford volunteers regularly for Broadway Cares, which works with the Phyllis Newman Woman's Health Initiative to help raise money for women with critical health concerns, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.

City of Hope and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) patients will announce “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at the start of the game and serve as the day’s honorary bat kids.

Fans who won Kids Take the Field experiences in last year’s ThinkCure! auction will take the field at the start of the game.

Hannah Komai, a cancer survivor who was treated at City of Hope, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Komai has been a Dodger fan since childhood and recently completed treatment for an aggressive cancer. She is currently cancer free.

Fans can also give to ThinkCure! through an online auction including several once-in-a-lifetime Dodger experiences, autographed Dodger items, memorabilia and trips. Fans can bid on auction items at www.dodgers.com/thinkcure and the auction ends on Tuesday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m.

ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit that accelerates collaborative research to cure cancers. The research projects funded by ThinkCure! represent innovative approaches to develop new ways to fight cancers, including brain cancer, leukemia and lymphoma.  Since its beginning in 2007, ThinkCure! has donated more than one million dollars to programs at City of Hope and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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