Saturday, July 26, when the Seattle Mariners meet the Baltimore Orioles (1:10 pm first pitch), will be Stilly Valley Community Day at Safeco Field. The Mariners will pay tribute to the volunteers, first-responders and community members who were all deeply affected by the devastating March 22 mudslide along the Stillaguamish River between Arlington and Darrington. Forty-three people died and many residents of Oso lost their homes.
There will be a moment of silence in remembrance of those who perished, and there will be a pregame ceremony to honor the many individuals, public and private agencies and charitable organizations who mobilized in response to the disaster. Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Haldeman has been chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Deputy Haldeman established the first command post east of the slide and was instrumental in bringing order to the chaos of the first hours and days of the emergency.
In addition to the pregame ceremony, the Mariners are distributing thousands of free tickets to people in the Stillaguamish Valley area. Tickets are being distributed through some two dozen organizations with a presence in the community such as Red Cross, Darrington Food Bank, Oso Chapel, Soup Ladies and others. There are also free tickets available at the following locations:
- Oso Fire Hall, 21824 SR 530, Arlington
- Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St., Darrington
- Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Arlington
- Arlington City Hall Parks and Recreation Department, 238 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington
Because many public agency employees are not permitted to accept free tickets, the Mariners have established a discount ticket offer of $8, all of the proceeds of which will be donated to Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and North Counties Family Services.