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Monday, June 29, 2009

Orange County Flyers To Hold Benefit For Jon Wilhite July 6

From the press release:
FULLERTON, Calif. (6/29/2009) Orange County Flyer’s Manager Phil Nevin and the Golden Baseball League Champion Flyers organization are planning a huge fundraiser for former Titan Baseball Player Jon Wilhite on Monday, July 6 at Goodwin Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Wilhite, 24, is the lone survivor of the fatal April 9 car crash that claimed the lives of Angel Pitcher Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart, and Henry Pearson.

The Flyers have a big night planned beginning with FREE admission for everyone attending the game against the first place Northern Division Calgary Vipers. It will be Calgary’s first visit back to Goodwin Field since the Flyers beat them 10-9 last September in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the GBL Crown.

Nevin, a former number one Major League Baseball draft pick after having a standout career at Cal State Fullerton, is a close friend and strong supporter of Wilhite and his foundation.

“It’s about the Titan family, plain and simple,” Nevin said. “These tragic things happen every day, but when they happen in your family you stop, take a look and do everything you can to help family.”

The Special Night will include a silent auction with great sports and Hollywood memorabilia from many of Nevin’s Major Legaue friends along with other local professional sports teams and Hollywood stars.

Besides the silent auction, every inning there will be raffle drawings for all fans in attendance for lots of great prizes donated by OC Flyers partners, supporters and friends of the Wilhite Foundation. There will also be special buckets around the park to make additional donations.

“Here is our chance to join together and help a brother in need,”said Flyer Chief Operating Officer Dan MacLeith. “Each of us would want the same if we were in his place. Even in these trying times, there is generosity in the heart of man that surpasses all else. We have a chance to be a blessing to another and should not pass it up.”

Before the game, the Flyers will be honoring Jon and his family with the throwing out of the first pitch. There will also be a moment of silence for Jon’s three close friends who were tragically taken from us in the crash in Fullerton.

Other invited guests for the night at this time are the Fullerton Fire Department’s First Responders who helped get Jon out of the car and to the hospital. More special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

The entire night is designed to raise funds for Jon’s costly rehabilitation. He is currently undergoing a lengthy and extensive program at a local rehabilitation center in Orange. Other donations can be made for Jon Wilhite at any Wells Fargo Bank location to account # 3980643658 or mailed to the “Benefit Fund for Jon Wilhite,” 4733 Torrance Blvd. #562, Torrance, CA 90503.



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