FredNats planning banquet, silent auction
The Fredericksburg Nationals are planning a banquet dinner and silent auction event to support local charities and celebrate the upcoming season. The event will include a presentation by an executive with the Washington Nationals, as well as one by the team’s manager.
The FredNats are calling the event the “Hot Stove Banquet.” It will start at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.
“Hot stove league” is what baseball’s off-season is often called. The phrase does not denote an actual league, but instead calls up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove during the cold winter months, discussing their favorite baseball teams and players. The event will give local fans a chance to gather together, meet the team’s staff and hear about the upcoming season.
Keynote speakers will be Mark Scialabba, the Washington Nationals’ assistant general manager of player development, and Tripp Keister, manager of the FredNats. They will discuss the current Nationals’ team, the recent World Series victory, and the team’s top prospects — including potential players on the inaugural FredNats team. The silent auction will feature a variety of sports memorabilia and items from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Ballpark Foundation, The Brisben Center, Friends of the Rappahannock, the Gladys P. Todd Academy, Micah Ecumenical Ministries and the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
Ticket prices are $75 per person, $35 of which is tax deductible. The registration deadline is Jan. 20. To register, click here.