San Jose Giants to Host Second Annual Salute to the Military DayMar 25, 2013: San Jose, CA — On Sunday, April 14, the San Jose Giants will bring patriotism to Municipal Stadium for the second annual Salute to the Military Day, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort along with BAE Systems. All fans showing a military ID at the Municipal Stadium Box Office will receive FREE admission to that day's 1:00 PM game against the Visalia Rawhide.
"We are very excited to again be hosting Salute to the Military Day with Operation: Care and Comfort and BAE Systems," said Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Chief Marketing Officer. "The military holds a special place in the heart of our community and we are honored to dedicate this game to the men and women that serve our country."
The entire afternoon will honor the brave men and women defending our country as the team will wear special military themed jerseys. These jerseys will be part of an in-game silent auction directly benefitting Operation: Care and Comfort. Each of the highest bidders will be able to go on the field following the game and receive their new autographed jersey right off the respective San Jose Giant's back. The pregame festivities will include a first pitch ceremony, color guard presentation and other presentations.
"Operation: Care and Comfort is so proud to renew our partnership with the San Jose Giants and BAE Systems to honor our troops, veterans and their families," said Julie DeMaria, Operation: Care and Comfort President and Co-Founder. "We received a tremendous response during last year's inaugural event and hope to have troops, veterans and their families from across Northern California excited about coming out to this game."
Prior to Sunday's game, fans will have the opportunity to get directly involved in helping the military. Since 2003, Operation: Care and Comfort has been sending monthly care packages containing items such as toiletries, food, batteries, and DVD's to adopted military units until they return home. At the 7:00 PM game on Friday, April 12 and 5:00 PM contest on Saturday, April 13, all fans who bring an item to include in a care package will receive two free future game tickets. Volunteers interested in assembling the packages should come to Municipal Stadium on Sunday, April 14 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
"We are thrilled to join with Operation: Care and Comfort and the San Jose Giants for the second annual Salute to the Military Day," said Gary Layton, BAE Systems Site Executive. "BAE Systems' employees in San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas and surrounding areas work hard supporting the warfighter by providing our best products to be used in the field protecting our troops. Supporting an event like this gives us an opportunity to show our gratitude for the sacrifices our troops and their families have made."
Tickets are still available for Salute to the Military Day. For tickets, visit the Municipal Stadium Box Office, call (408) 297-1435 or visit sjgiants.com.
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About The San Jose Giants The San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League. The team has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the minor leagues after partnering with the big league club. San Jose has won six California League Championships as a Giants affiliate (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1998) and eleven overall. In 25 seasons, the San Jose Giants have graduated 155 Major League players, 110 of whom have played or currently play for the San Francisco Giants. The San Jose Giants have played in historic Municipal Stadium for 70 years. The Giants won back to back league championships in 2009 and 2010 and are also the first team in California League history to have won four titles over a six-year span. For tickets please contact the San Jose Giants box office at (408) 297-1435 or visit us online at sjgiants.com.
About Operation: Care and Comfort: Founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Operation: Care and Comfort supports the military, veterans and their families through three distinct programs - OCC Care Packages, OCC Tickets for Troops, and OCC Adopt a Military Family. OCC and its volunteers have received numerous awards for their effort, including the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award from the Pentagon (2007) and the National Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Award (2009.) For more information on this worthy, all volunteer organization, please visit www.occ-usa.org.
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