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Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners to be celebrated in MLB ballparks around the country
05/04/2010 10:56 AM ET
Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure today announced the winners of the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize inspirational MLB fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. One winner was selected for each of the 30 MLB Clubs by a blue ribbon panel of celebrity judges and more than four million fan votes on MLB.com. Clubs at home on Mother's Day will host their Honorary Bat Girl during scheduled on-field celebrations; visiting Clubs on Mother's Day will select another date in May to recognize their local winner. The program was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, taking place on Mother's Day.

Hundreds of Major League Baseball players will use pink bats produced by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo on Mother's Day. Many players also will wear pink wristbands and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on all on-field personnel.

"The support from the Clubs, players and fans for the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative each year has been remarkable," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Mother's Day is a special celebration and I am pleased we continue to observe it by raising awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I want to thank all of the incredible Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners for their courage, determination and inspiration as they join us on the field to help in our efforts to fight breast cancer."

Following is the list of all Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners (Clubs in alphabetical order; * = Home on Mother's Day):

CLUBCONTEST WINNERHOMETOWN
Arizona Diamondbacks*Patti Parker-Phillips    Mesa, AZ
Atlanta BravesKami PughGray, GA
Baltimore OriolesTracy SantosBaltimore, MD
Boston Red Sox*Bridget SpenceBoston, MA
Chicago CubsJolan SavianoArlington Heights, IL
Chicago White Sox*Erin E. DiPegoRomeoville, IL
Cincinnati Reds*Jennifer SweeneyMason, OH
Cleveland Indians*Tina AmstutzNew Philadelphia, OH
Colorado RockiesJulie RifeColorado Springs, CO
Detroit TigersCarrie SamplesPetersburg, MI
Florida MarlinsAndrea IannoFort Lauderdale, FL
Houston Astros*Lorene LyonsSpring, TX
Kansas City RoyalsKim WilkersonLaclede, MO
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim    Winona MillerTwin Peaks, CA
Los Angeles Dodgers*Judy BeardsleeTroy, PA
Milwaukee BrewersDenise HuntPlover, WI
Minnesota Twins*Rebecca HewittNorth Mankato, MN
New York Mets*Lainie GoodmanHoltsville, NY
New York YankeesLori L. BaurSleepy Hollow, NY
Oakland Athletics*Raquel de la TorreSacramento, CA
Philadelphia Phillies*Cindy GallagherPhiladelphia, PA
Pittsburgh Pirates*Melissa WardAllison Park, PA
San Diego PadresPatricia A. St. JohnEncinitas, CA
San Francisco GiantsJamie LedezmaFresno, CA
Seattle Mariners*Faye CluckeySeattle, WA
St. Louis CardinalsLinda L. SonO'Fallon, IL
Tampa Bay RaysDelores StephensTampa, FL
Texas Rangers*Melanie ParsonsGarland, TX
Toronto Blue JaysDeborah BirdBrampton, Ontario
Washington Nationals*Hilary WecksteinWashington, DC

For the second consecutive year, MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure launched an online search to find an Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB Clubs. Since February, fans from across the country have been sharing their stories of inspiration and hope, and how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer. Nearly 1,000 testimonials were submitted by women and men online at MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, by breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause.

An All-Star cast served as celebrity judges on a blue ribbon panel for the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest including Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos; Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; MLB All-Star Pitchers Brian Wilson, CC Sabathia, John Lackey and Jake Peavy; and MLB Network's Trenni Kusnierek and Mitch Williams.

Each Honorary Bat Girl will have an opportunity to take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to their Club's Mother's Day celebration game or another home game in May.

"Now, in its second year, Honorary Bat Girl stories continue to amaze us," said Katrina McGhee, senior vice president, global business development and partnerships at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "To hear how these survivors have overcome the shock and fear of a diagnosis and then dedicate themselves to bringing awareness to this disease and raising funds for research and community programs is incredible. Advocates like these help us get one step closer to our promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever."

In 2009, Komen for the Cure provided funds for almost 500,000 breast screenings and for treatment and support programs in 1,900 communities nationwide and around the world, along with funding more than $60 million in research.

In addition to promotional support, Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats will be auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com or www.slugger.com, with $10 from the sale of each bat benefiting Komen for the Cure.

Major League Baseball Health Initiatives
The Mother's Day Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program is one of several cancer-related initiatives supported by Major League Baseball. Other initiatives include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), whose mission is to support the groundbreaking scientific research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated timeframe; the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge which helps increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for the search for a cure as part of Major League Baseball Father's Day activities; and Play Sun Smart, a league-wide, season-long skin cancer awareness program in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested nearly $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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