San Jose Giants Host Inaugural Salute to the Military NightMar 22, 2012: San Jose, CA — On Saturday, April 14, the San Jose Giants bring patriotism to Municipal Stadium for the inaugural Salute to the Military Night, 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 night's 5:00 PM game against the Bakersfield Blaze.
"We are excited to work with Operation: Care and Comfort and BAE Systems to bring the first ever Salute to the Military Night to Municipal Stadium," 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 night to them and their families."
The entire evening 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 military vehicles on display throughout the stadium, courtesy of BAE Systems.
"Operation: Care and Comfort, based in San Jose, is so proud to work with our partners, the San Jose Giants and BAE Systems, on this special game to honor our troops, veterans and their families," said Julie DeMaria, Operation: Care and Comfort President and Co-Founder. "We hope to make this an annual event as we have troops across Northern California excited about coming out to this game."
Prior to Saturday night's game, fans will also have an 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 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 Saturday April 14 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
"We are excited to partner with Operation: Care and Comfort and the San Jose Giants to show our appreciation to our local men, women and families that serve our country," 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, and 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 Night. 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 the past 23 seasons, the San Jose Giants have graduated 143 Major League players, 104 of whom have played or currently play for the San Francisco Giants. The San Jose Giants have played in historic Municipal Stadium for over 60 years. The Giants have won back to back league championships for the first time in their franchise history 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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