April 25 Pre-Game Ceremony to Highlight Efforts of Washington Volunteers
Recipients of Governor Jay Inslee's 2013 Volunteer Service Awards, including a 13-year old Connell, Washington boy who uses his love of music to bring his community together, will be honored during a special pregame ceremony on Thursday, April 25, the 5th Annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field when the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels (7:10pm).
The Seattle Mariners and Washington Commission for National and Community Service are joining together for the special tribute to the men and women of the state of Washington that have distinguished themselves for volunteer service to the community. The recipients will receive their awards during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Olympia earlier in the day. To recognize the countless acts of service performed by volunteers, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21-27 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Week.
"This event is an extension of the Mariners long-time commitment to the community. We take our responsibility very seriously and strive to make a positive and lasting impact on our community," said Howard Lincoln, Mariners Chair & CEO. "We are proud to join with Governor Inslee to honor the commitment of these outstanding volunteers."
In addition to the pregame ceremony, during which Levi DeWeber will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, all 44 Governor's Volunteer Service Award recipients will be honored. There will be a volunteer bazaar on the Main Concourse in left field with information on how people can get involved in volunteering and information on numerous groups and organizations that could benefit from the volunteer efforts.
- 13-year old Levi and his father Obadiah DeWeber of Connell, who play guitar and fiddle at various Tri-Cities area events including literacy programs and nursing homes.
- Grace Hanson of Renton, who at 93-years of age volunteers six-hours a day at the Renton Senior Activity Center.
- Juliana Borges of Lake Stevens who began volunteering in high school and continued her efforts at the University of Washington, where she founded a suicide prevention and awareness organization.
- Jerry "Nick" Warden of University Place, Pierce County, a retired electrician who provides free home repairs to low-income homeowners.
- Amy Woodfin, Ferndale, Whatcom County, a volunteer with the Community Response Team, whose expertise in moulage, using makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, has helped improve the emergency exercise experience for participants.
Winners of the Governor's Volunteer Service Award are chosen by the Washington Commission for National and Community Service to represent a cross section of the estimated 62 million Americans that donate their time each year.
Special Ticket Prices
Special prices are available for Salute to Volunteers Night-$8 for View Level seats and $20 for Field Level seats. Tickets are available online only at www.mariners.com/volunteers. Deadline to purchase tickets is 5pm Wednesday, April 24.