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    NC State Hosts Baseball Banquet February 16
     
    Terry Harvey
    Terry Harvey
     

    Jan. 13, 2012

    - TICKETS FOR NC STATE'S FOURTH ANNUAL BASEBALL BANQUET ARE SOLD OUT -

    The NC State baseball team will be hosting the 2012 First Pitch Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, February 16 at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills Shopping Center. Registration will begin at 6:00 pm and this year's program will feature the induction of Frank Weedon alongside three former Wolfpackers (Tracy Woodson, Terry Harvey, and Jake Weber) into the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame. This year's Banquet precedes the opening weekend of the baseball season. Help us kickoff the 2012 season with dinner and a weekend of Wolfpack Baseball.

    Registration for the First Pitch Banquet will begin as soon as the doors open at 6:00 PM. The banquet program and dinner will begin shortly thereafter. Tickets for this special night can be purchased for $75 by filling out the attached registration form. Sponsor tables are also available for $1,000, which includes 8 tickets, a player hosting your table, and signed memorabilia. The event will start with a fabulous dinner with your choice of Panko Crusted Mahi Mahi - or - Black Angus Flat Iron Steak. As always, the Banquet will feature the introduction of your 2012 NC State Baseball Team.

    Festivities for the First Pitch Banquet will conclude around 8:30 pm giving you ample time to reunite with old friends and watch the Wolfpack defeat Duke in basketball.

    On Friday, January 27, NC State unveiled Frank Weedon's surprise inclusion in the 2012 class. Weedon came to NC State in 1960 as the school's sports information director, and spent 50 years in the NC State Department of Athletics, as SID, and Associate Director of Athletics. In his time at NC State, he was one of the Wolfpack's most visible, colorful and respected personalities. His accomplishments were many and his devotion to NC State was boundless.

    As SID, Weedon was responsible for developing the Wolfpack Sports Network, the school's radio network for football and men's basketball games, the first of its kind in the region. He also was instrumental in garnering national honors for many NC State athletes, including eight Wolfpack football players who were named first-team All-America during the 1960s.

    Weedon moved into administration in 1971 and handled day-by-day departmental duties for Athletics Directors Willis Casey and Jim Valvano. Weedon was instrumental in organizing the first national broadcast of an ACC regular-season basketball game (the 1973 NC State-Maryland game in College Park, Md., on Super Bowl Sunday), which helped land the ACC its first national television contract for men's basketball. Although Weedon officially retired in 1995, he remained a staple of the Department of Athletics for another 15 years, serving as Senior Associate AD emeritus, unofficial historian, and department ambassador.

    This year three legendary former players will join Weedon in entering the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame: Woodson (1982-1984), Harvey (1992-1995), and Weber (1995-1998). All three are members of the ACC 50-man 50th Anniversary Team, chosen in 2003. They will join previous Hall of Famers - Coach Sam Esposito, Mike Caldwell, Chris Cammack, Steve Martin, Dan Plesac, Doug Strange, Brian Bark, Tom Sergio, and Turtle Zaun.

    The First Pitch Banquet is the traditional kick-off event to the NC State Baseball season. Funds from past banquets have gone toward some tremendous improvements including the creation of the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame area on the concourse at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    Banquet Location:

    Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills
    4100 Main at North Hills Street
    Raleigh, NC  27609
    919-571-8773

    Table Sponsors -- $1,000  (Includes 8 Dinner Tickets, a Player Host, and Signed Memorabilia)

    Individual Tickets -- $75 apiece

    Attached are registration forms for Table Sponsorships as well as Individual Tickets.  For those who cannot attend the banquet but would still like to make a contribution to the Baseball Program, or those who would like to make Additional Donations, there is an option available on the Registration forms.  Thanks for supporting Wolfpack Baseball.

    Checks can be made out to NC State Baseball and sent to:  

    NC State Baseball
    c/o Baseball Banquet
    1081 Varsity Dr.
    Raleigh, NC  27695

    If you have additional questions, please contact Jessica Delk (jndelk@ncsu.edu) or John Lambert (john_lambert@ncsu.edu) at the baseball office at 919-515-3613.


     

     

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