With more baseball stars‚ a bigger program‚ and a higher profile than predecessor Major League Fare‚ the first-ever Diamond Awards raised a record amount of money for ataxia research at the University of Minnesota. Last year’s event netted $207‚000 for the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center‚ while this year’s Diamond Awards brought in even more‚ with projected net proceeds of $212‚000.
On top of that‚ Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad was so inspired by the night’s program and the Allison family’s commitment to ataxia that he announced a donation of $500‚000 on behalf of the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation.
The Diamond Awards‚ held January 26 at The Historic Depot in Minneapolis‚ included an awards ceremony‚ dinner‚ silent auction‚ and reception where guests could mingle with Minnesota baseball greats. The celebration of baseball was a team effort of the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America‚ Minnesota Twins‚ and BAARC.
Among the awards handed out that night was the first-ever Bob Allison Award. The award —for the Twins player who exhibits the most determination‚ hustle‚ tenacity‚ competitive spirit‚ and leadership—went to backup catcher Mike Redmond.
Thank you to those who sponsored the Diamond Awards
Hall of Fame sponsors
Grand Slam sponsors
Luther Automobile Dealerships
Home Run sponsors
Thomas J. and Deborah A. Juba
Sue and John Marcotte
Bill and Sharon Stumph
Great Clips‚ Inc.
Rider Bennet‚ LLP
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