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Rochester Press-Radio Dinner - June 18, 2018


Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Thome will headline the 69 th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children's Charities Dinner on Monday, June 18 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center.

Thome will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award, and will be joined at the head table by a variety of local honorees.

A veteran of 22 Major League Baseball seasons, Thome clubbed 612 home runs and drove in 1,699 runs. He played for six different teams and is most closely associated with the Cleveland Indians, with whom he spent his first 12 seasons.

Thome was known for his gregarious personality and wide-ranging philanthropy throughout his career, often donating money and time to charities in the city he was playing. He is a five-time All-Star, but says his most meaningful awards were the ones he received for his off-the- field work. Thome was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and will be officially inducted during ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 29.

"We are thrilled to have a community-minded Baseball Hall of Famer like Jim Thome headline our dinner," said Press-Radio Club President Mike Kauffman. "Jim continues our club's rich tradition of bringing the top names in sports to Rochester as we honor the people who make our community so special."

Tickets for the dinner are $135, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,250. A limited number of private "Meet and Greet Thome" packages are available for $600. The package includes two dinner tickets, two 8x10 professional photographs with the headliner and an item autographed by Thome. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are being offered at $225 per person. This includes an opportunity to meet the headliner and receive a dinner ticket and a photograph signed by Thome.

To reserve tickets or packages, call 585-340-1460 or email Credit cards or money orders are accepted as payment. Seating is limited.

Since the Press-Radio Club's inception in 1949, it has donated more than a million and a half dollars to Rochester children's charities. The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola of Northern New England; ConServe; Democrat and Chronicle; ESL Federal Credit Union; the Rochester Red Wings, and Monroe County Sports Commission.