The Tomahawk Times The Official Newsletter of the Braves 400 Fan Club ________________________________________________________________ December 2012 47 th HONORING CHIPPER JONES: Annual Eddie Glennon Gameboree – January 26, 2013 The Braves 400 Fan Club is very proud to announce that the theme for this year’s Gameboree, our winter banquet and fundraiser, will be “Honoring Chipper Jones” with Chipper as our special guest. Chipper retired at the end of the 2012 season after nineteen stellar years with the Braves. The Club is excited to honor Chipper and his legacy as one of the all-time greats in Braves franchise history. Join us on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center and help us celebrate Chipper and his Hall of Fame career one more time! The lineup of special guests as well as the emcee for the program will be announced as they are confirmed. Tickets are on sale now on the Club’s website at www.braves400.org. We are expecting a sellout, so make your reservations early! 47th The Braves 400 Fan Club Invites you to attend the Annual Eddie Glennon Gameboree “Honoring Chipper Jones” Saturday, January 26, 2013 At the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE Atlanta, Georgia 30346 Gameboree Early Bird Registration Until January 3, 2013: $70 Per Person (Members) $75 Per Person (Non-Members) $700 Table of ten (Members) $750 Table of ten (Non-Members) Purchase tickets at www.braves400.org 5:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:15 p.m. Program and Awards Gameboree Notes: Hotel - The Marriott Perimeter Center is the host hotel for anyone interested in overnight accommodations. Call 800-228-9290 before January 12, 2013 and mention the Braves 400 Fan Club Gameboree to get the special rate of $89. Or click on this link to register online: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center Evening Dress Code Reminder – Coat and tie suggested for men and equivalent attire for women. Gameboree Goodies - All Gameboree guests will receive a souvenir program and special gifts commemorating the “Honoring Chipper Jones” theme. The Tomahawk Times December 2012 Issue Page 2 MORE GAMEBOREE INFORMATION Silent Auction and Raffle Braves 400 Fan Club board member, Andre Cleveland, has assembled a fine collection of sports memorabilia for this year’s silent auction and raffle. The auction begins at 5:00 PM. It includes Braves autographed pictures, baseballs and even some bobbleheads of your favorite players. Come prepared to bid on autographed items by Bobby Cox, Brian McCann, Jonny Venters, Leo Mazzone, Don Larsen, Jack Clark, Gaylord Perry, and Tony Perez along with posters of Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro, and Mark Lemke and lots more! Presentation of Awards In addition to the “Honoring Chipper Jones” portion of the Gameboree program, a number of awards are presented annually. They are a combination of awards given by the Braves 400 Fan Club and the Atlanta Braves. Braves 400 Fan Club Phil Niekro Scholarship Awards are presented each year to deserving Georgia college baseball programs in the amount of $1,500. The scholarships are funded through the proceeds from the Silent Auction and other Club fundraising efforts. This year’s recipients are Shorter College in Rome and Point University in East Point. Braves 400 Fan Club “Red Wooten” High School Metro Atlanta Player of the Year Award is Matt Olson from Parkview High School. He received the award at the Club’s High School All-Star Luncheon in June. Matt led his team to the Class AAAAA state championship with outstanding pitching and hitting performances. He was selected by the Oakland A’s on the first day of the MLB Draft. Braves 400 Fan Club Jason Varitek Award for the Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in Georgia is Kyle Farmer, senior shortstop from the University of Georgia and graduate of Marist High School. He has a career batting average of .313 at UGA. Kyle was one of seventeen student-athletes from the University of Georgia who were inducted into the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in October. Braves 400 Fan Club Luke Appling Nostalgia Award (to be announced) Past award winners include Chris Chambliss, Dave Bristol, and Phil Niekro. Braves 400 Fan Club Ivan Allen, Jr. “Mr. Baseball” Award (to be announced) This award is presented annually to the “person who has contributed significantly to the promotion of baseball in the Atlanta area.” Past winners include Hank Aaron, Skip Caray, and Dale Murphy. Atlanta Braves Minor League Awards Four other awards given by the Braves organization will be announced at the Gameboree: Minor League Manager of the Year Bill Lucas Award for the Braves Minor Leaguer Best Exemplifying Sportsmanship and Character Hank Aaron Award for Braves Outstanding Minor League Player Phil Niekro Award for Outstanding Braves Minor League Pitcher The Tomahawk Times December 2012 Issue Page 3 ANNUAL ELECTION LUNCHEON HELD IN NOVEMBER The Club’s Election Luncheon took place on November 10 at the Marriott Perimeter Center Hotel. It was announced that Chipper Jones will be honored at the Gameboree on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Our major league road trip next year will be to Chicago on the weekend of July 19. The 2013 Club officers were elected and twelve board members confirmed. This year’s Election Luncheon speaker was Dr. Mil Fisher, baseball historian and longtime member of the Braves 400 Fan Club. He offered an entertaining view of Ty Cobb that he gained through his friendship with Jimmy Lanier, Cobb’s batboy and personal friend. Dr. Fisher talked about Cobb’s work ethic and competitive spirit, which served him well both on the field and later in the business world. Cobb stole 892 bases, including 55 steals of home, but according to Jimmy, he never sharpened his spikes. Dr. Fisher recommended visiting the Ty Cobb Museum in Royston, GA. 2013 Fan Club Officers Bob Messner, President Damion Carpenter, First Vice-President Bill Toothman, Second Vice-President Dave Badertscher, Secretary Lynn Walley, Treasurer 2013 Board Members Jean Berken Arlene Langer Mary Lou Brooks Carol Brock Magill Lynn Camp Tom Millin Russ Clarke Kirk Phumphry Andre Cleveland Cindy Tate Erma Killings Jim Wilson 2013 Presidential Advisory Council Wayne Coleman Bernie Marino Judy Messer Gary Novak John Padgett Johnny Tallant Rick Wheeler Left to right: Wayne Coleman, Rick Wheeler, Bob Messner, Russ Clarke, Mary Lou Brooks, Damion Carpenter, Dave Badertscher, Lynn Walley, Lynn Camp, Carol Brock Magill, Tom Millin, Erma Killings Thanks to our outgoing Officers and Directors finishing their terms this year: Secretary: Shirley Suttle Directors: Donnie Ellenberg, Willie Hinton, Lynda Houser, Frank Pickens, Rich Vitaris We appreciate your years of service and dedication to the Braves 400 Fan Club! The Tomahawk Times December 2012 Issue Page 4 Meet Your New 2013 Board Members Lynn Camp lives in Smyrna … Has been in the Atlanta area her whole life Senior Project Manager for Global Technology at (IHG) InterContinental Hotels Group A Braves 400 Fan Club member for three years All-Time Favorite Brave: Martin Prado Favorite Baseball Movie: Field of Dreams Russ Clarke has lived in Augusta since 1987 Restores classic cars—paint & body work Member of the Elks Lodge #78 Northlake A Braves 400 Fan Club member for six years All-Time Favorite Brave: Bobby Cox (player: Greg Maddux) Favorite Baseball Movie: Bad News Bears (original version) Carol Brock Magill is a native Atlantan and Braves fan since the team’s arrival Retired pediatrician and mother of three … Certified barbecue judge Went to college in Boston and lived within blocks of Fenway Park A Braves 400 Fan Club member for two years All-Time Favorite Brave: Hank Aaron Favorite Baseball Movie: Field of Dreams Interested in Becoming a Braves 400 Fan Club Director? By Rick Wheeler Have you ever thought about wanting to make a difference for the 400 Fan Club? Then give some thought to volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors. We have twelve directors plus officers who plan the overall direction of the club in addition to working on all of our great activities. We are always on the lookout for new and fresh ideas. If you think you might be interested, talk to one of the current directors or officers or past presidents at the Gameboree on January 26. These folks will all be wearing identifying name tags. Have a beverage, visit, and learn more about us. Then once you have enjoyed this year and the next election cycle comes around, you just might get a call to see if your interest is still there. The Editor’s Scorecard By Dave Badertscher In the last issue of The Tomahawk Times we talked about activities for die-hard Braves fans during the offseason. The 400 Fan Club’s annual Election Luncheon took place on November 10 at the Marriott Perimeter Center. We are very excited to announce that Chipper Jones will be honored at the 47th Annual Gameboree on January 26, 2013. Club members will be working tirelessly between now and then to make this gala event a huge success. As November drew to a close, individual tickets for Spring Training games went on sale. The Braves first game at Champion Stadium is on February 22nd. Things are indeed looking up! Braves fans have opportunities to get involved in other arenas. Last month I joined two other 400 Fan Club members, Wayne Coleman and Willie Hinton, as volunteer scorers at the Phil Niekro Golf Classic at Chateau Elan. This annual tournament raises funds for the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children, which cares for abused or neglected children in Hall and Dawson Counties. Beautiful day, great cause! Later in November Nancy and I, along with many other Braves fans, were donors in the Braves Hurricane Sandy Relief Blood Drive. The turnout was impressive and the Red Cross staff appreciative. It was time well spent. The Tomahawk Times December 2012 Issue Page 5 Looking For New Braves 400 Fan Club Members! By Bill Toothman, Membership Chairman Be a part of the original Braves fan club, the BRAVES 400 FAN CLUB. The 400 Fan Club has baseball-related activities throughout the year, including events at Turner Field, a major league road trip, and is highlighted by the annual Gameboree, which typically kicks off the Spring Training season. This year's gala event will honor the Hall of Fame career of Chipper Jones, with Chipper as the special guest. The Gameboree will be held on January 26, 2013 at the Marriott Perimeter Center. Individual memberships are $25 annually. Family memberships are only $40 for your entire family. From now through the end of the year, we are conducting a membership drive where you can give a friend a 400 Fan Club membership and receive a free Braves 400 Club umbrella (see offer below). If you are an existing member, you can earn one year free membership by recommending five new members that join the Club. As a Braves 400 Fan Club member, why not spread the joy of baseball this holiday season with fellow Braves fans. A Gift Membership A Baseball Umbrella! This Holiday Season Share the Joy of Braves Baseball. Start your holiday shopping with a gift for the baseball fan in your life and receive a gift for yourself - a Braves 400 Fan Club umbrella. Act now, as this special offer is only available until December 31, 2012. . An Annual Membership in the Braves 400 Fan Club makes a great gift! You can share your love of Braves baseball with a holiday gift that provides a season of baseball activity options through our newsletters, luncheons, trips, tailgates and other baseball events. As a thank you for your support of the Braves 400 Fan Club, we'll send you a Braves 400 Fan Club umbrella, (retail value $12.95). This umbrella is perfect for trips to the ballpark or anywhere else. Your gift recipient(s) will receive: A gift certificate announcing their membership in the Braves 400 Fan Club for 2013. (The club website has the details on delivery options) A subscription to The Tomahawk Times, the official newsletter of the Braves 400 Fan Club. A personalized membership card and an introductory membership packet via mail. To take advantage of the special holiday offer, visit http://www.braves400.org/Special_400_Club_Gift_Membership.html and click on the “Give/Get Gift” link in the header or call 770-416-4539 today! * FREE gift offer is valid only on the purchase of new gift memberships and cannot be used to renew an existing membership. Offer is not valid on previously purchased memberships. This offer may not be combined with other special offers or discounts. The Tomahawk Times December 2012 Issue Page 6 Welcome New Braves 400 Fan Club Members! Henry Boon, Wilmington, NC Andrea Lawler, Sandy Springs, GA Todd Lesley, Raleigh, NC Max MacDonald, Raleigh, NC Amberley Miller, Lexington, KY Ryan Miller, Lexington, KY 2013 Major League Road Trip: The Votes Are In! By Rick Wheeler The votes are in and the winner for 2013 is Chicago and the White Sox!! The weekend of July 19, 2013, the Braves 400 Fan Club will travel to Chicago to see the Braves take on the White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field. Preliminary pricing for the trip will be around $850 per person double occupancy with ground-only pricing around $550 and single supplement packages available. The full package will include round-trip air transportation between Atlanta and Chicago, bus transfers between the airport and downtown Chicago hotel, bus transportation to and from all three games, game tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a tour or Wrigley Field, one group dinner, and a trip memento. In order to ensure a place for this trip send in a $50 deposit by February 15 to the Club PO Box: Braves 400 Fan Club P.O. Box 7689 Atlanta, GA 30357-0689 Indicate both the number of people who will make the trip and whether you want a land or air package. This deposit will guarantee you a place on the trip. After February 15, it will be first come, first serve until all game tickets and air reservations are taken. While not confirmed, the possibility of extra night hotel availability and Monday return flights will be explored. The President’s Pitch: Looking Forward to the New Year By Bob Messner, President Braves 400 Fan Club The Holidays are upon us and the Gameboree just around the corner in the upand-coming New Year. Before you know it, the sounds of wood hitting a ball and the crowds gathering for Spring Training will be here. Here are a few things to put on your to-do list or your Christmas list or even your New Year’s resolution list: Give a friend a gift of membership to the Braves 400 Fan Club, attend the Club Gameboree on January 26th when we will “Honor Chipper Jones," and make plans to attend Spring Training. I wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year, as we all look forward to a fresh new season of Braves baseball.
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