Upcoming Events » Clay Buchholz at Annual Lowell Spinners Alumni Awards Dinner

January 19, 2011 5:30 pm
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Lowell, MA
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LOWELL, Mass. – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will welcome Red Sox star and 2005 Spinner Clay Buchholz back to Lowell for the 9th Annual Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner, Wednesday, January 19 at newly renovated Tsongas Center in Lowell.

The highlight of the Spinners off-season, the evening will begin at 5:30 with an autograph session and silent auction before dinner. The dinner debuts at the Tsongas Center, after being held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and DoubleTree Hotel in years past. All proceeds will benefit the Joann Weber Charitable Fund.

The still growing guest list is highlighted by Red Sox All-Star Clay Buchholz, making his return to the Merrimack Valley to be honored as the Dick Berardino Lowell Spinners Alumni Award winner.

The award, named after the former Red Sox coach, instructor and Spinners manager, is given annually to a Lowell Spinners alumnus who has displayed tremendous coachability, dedication, a passionate work ethic, determination and the heart to make it to the Major League level.

Buchholz thrived in his first full-season in the starting rotation for the Red Sox, being named to his first American League All-Star Team in 2010, finishing sixth in the CY Young voting. A member of the 2005 Lowell Spinners with current Red Sox teammates Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie, Buchholz burst onto the big league scene, throwing a no-hitter Sept. 1, 2007 in just his second major league start.

Hosting the dinner will be NESN’s Heidi Watney, who was honored by the Spinners during the 2010 season with a bobble head in her likeness.

The evening will also feature several former Spinners and local baseball legends to be announced in the coming weeks.

The dinner will also feature the presentation of the Peter Gammons Lowell Spinners Media Award and the Greg Montalbano Award, given to a local baseball ambassador who has gone above and beyond being a leader in the community and in the game of baseball. Montalbano, a guest at the Spinners 2008 Dinner and a former Spinner himself, passed away in August of 2009 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Tickets ($65) and tables of 10 ($600) are now available and can be ordered by calling (978) 459-2255. Each ticket includes a dinner and access to the autograph session from 5:30-6:30. All tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available the date of the dinner.

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