Need somewhere to go this winter once the holiday parties are over? Or something to watch as football season winds down?
Some of the biggest chicago sports legends and current stars will be honored at the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes. The silver anniversary reception, dinner & ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 from 5:00-9:00 PM CT at the Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. Over the past 24 years, the Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards has raised close to $9 million for the March of Dimes.
The honorees chosen are top athletes from Chicago’s professional teams who have made considerable contributions to their teams, as well as the Chicago community. New to the silver anniversary event: both a current player and a legend from each professional Chicago sports team will be honored.
This year’s “Player of the Year” and ”Team Legend” honorees include RICHARD “RIP” HAMILTON (“Bull of the Year”), BOB LOVE (“Bulls Legend”) — EDDIE OLCZYK (“Blackhawks Legend”) — DARWIN BARNEY (“Cub of the Year”), ERNIE BANKS (“Cubs Legend”) — CHRIS SALE (“White Sox of the Year”), FRANK THOMAS (“White Sox Legend”) — PATRICK NYARKO (“Fire of the Year”), FRANK KLOPAS (“Fire Legend”).
Honorees from the Chicago Bears will be announced shortly. This year’s March of Dimes “Inspirational Athlete” award winner is 13-year-old CONNOR McHUGH from St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton, IL. Connor has persevered as both a standout athlete, coach and student, despite being born with a birth defect.
For the 1000+ expected attendees for the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards there will be a silent auction featuring Chicago sports packages and “Dream Day” tickets, vacation packages including airfare, autographed jerseys of star athletes, tickets for Chicago sports events, golf outings, spa packages, dinner packages, hotel stays and much more. For more information, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com/sportsawards25.
The event will begin with a reception at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. The awards ceremony, which will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet in HD, starts at 7:30 PM with a special half-hour preview show set to air at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $400 per person and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or to make a donation to the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, please contact Shannon McCahill at 312-596-4716 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit CSNChicago.com/sportsawards25.
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