An Evening With David Ortiz Interviewed by WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche to Benefit Student Scholarships

The 19th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum will feature David Ortiz, retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter, interviewed by Dan Roche, award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7.

Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, $269,000 in Celebrity Forum Scholarships has been awarded to 104 MCC students. In addition to Celebrity Forum Scholarships, the MCC Foundation annually awards more than $100,000 in student scholarships.

David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as “Big Papi,” is the recently retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter. A proud Dominican-American, Ortiz has an undisputed talent for hitting larger-than-life home runs for the Sox. As a young boy, he had a special liking for the game, as his father played baseball for years in Dominican pro and semi-pro leagues. Due to his large physique, Ortiz was pushed into basketball in high school. But his love of baseball earned him a contract with the Seattle Mariners, who then traded him to the Minnesota Twins. He played for the Twins from 1997 to 2002, and the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016. Ortiz is a 10-time All Star and three-time World Series Champion. He currently holds the Boston Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, and is an all-time leader in Major League Baseball history for home runs, RBIs and hits by a designated hitter.

Ortiz will be interviewed by Dan Roche, an award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News and myTV38 (WSBK-TV). A leader in Boston sports coverage for two decades, Roche won a New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Series for “Red Sox This Week.”

MCC’s Celebrity Forum is an annual event that presents well-known personalities for the educational and cultural enrichment of area residents. Presenting Sponsor of all 19 Celebrity Forum events is The TJX Companies, Inc.

Past Celebrity Forum speakers include Walter Cronkite with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Colin Powell, former President George Bush with former First Lady Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, David McCullough, Barbara Walters, Tim Russert, Geena Davis, Mike Wallace and Chris Wallace, Jay Leno, Sarah Ferguson, Ken Burns, Robin Roberts, Michael J. Fox, former First Lady Laura Bush with Jenna Bush Hager, Robert Redford, William Shatner, and Kathie Lee Gifford with Hoda Kotb.

Tickets to An Evening with David Ortiz range from $34 to $100 and go on sale Friday, April 7.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office at 866-722-8881; online at www.lowellauditorium.com; or in person at the LMA Box Office, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. For group sales of 15 or more, contact Jocelyn Prieto at 978-934-5751 or email: jocelyn_prieto@comcastspectator.com

For information about Celebrity Forum sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/CF17 or contact MCC Dean of College Advancement Dennis Malvers at 781-280-3514.