WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball and Softball Association invites the public to its annual dinner and auction on May 22 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building.
This is the 28th year that this event has taken place to support youth athletes throughout the Walla Walla Valley.
The evening annually raises more than $50,000, which goes to local baseball leagues serving players from 13-19 years old and softball leagues serving players ages 5-19, as well as fund the "Batter Up" program in partnership with Cummins Athletic Supply.
The "Batter Up" program provides play-enabling gear and apparel for those who need a little help getting up to the plate.
The organization additionally provides funds for capital improvement projects such as fencing, field maintenance and lighting for local fields.
Former Major League Baseball player Jeff Cirillo is the featured speaker this year. Cirillo played for the Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies,San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks. He was named to the MLB All-Star team several times over the course of his career.
He is currently tied to the Walla Walla area through his ownership stake in the Walla Walla Sweets.
"We couldn't have asked for a better speaker for this year's event," said Michael Mettler, coordinator for the dinner and auction. "Jeff is a highly respected former MLB player who has been extremely proactive in supporting youth sports throughout the Seattle area.
The event begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m.
Cirillo will speak after dinner and before the live auction. Tickets for the dinner are available for $25 each through local Babe Ruth and American Legion teams, Black Sox and Merchants teams, the Walla Walla Cubs and Blue Mountain Girl's Softball Association teams, at Cummins Athletic Supply, or by calling Steve Jordan at 509-525-0371 or Michael Mettler at 509-529-5525.
Businesses wishing to make donations to the auction may contact Michael Mettler at 509-529-5525 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.