May 23 was a historic night for some people. Harmon Killebrew hosted his annual Homerun Celebration Dinner at Target Field, benefiting the Miracle League of Minnesota and the Twins Community Fund. The Miracle League helps people with disabilities get involved in baseball. The dinner was held in the Carew Atrium and the 573 Club.
A silent auction included framed pictures and jerseys, autographed cards and balls, and a whole lot of sports memorabilia. The dinner was excellent with a nice spread of food: pasta, French fries, cheeseburgers, bread, and fruit. The staff were right there to clear all the food we kept dropping on the floor! While we were eating, GB Leighton and his band member came by to say hi. The view was great: the first time we have eaten dinner at a table in front of a stadium!
John Gordon, the Twins radio announcer, was the host of the program. Gordon called up the dignitaries. They shook hands of fans in the stands. Harmon Killebrew then said a few words to thank the people who came. Next up, a director from both the Miracle League and the Twins Community Fund spoke. The director of the Miracle League told stories about e-mails he got from parents of children who wanted so much to play in the league. It was kind of touching. There also was a video about the Miracle League.
The live auction was next and it was entertaining to watch. They auctioned off throwing out the first pitch and tickets to a Minnesota Twins game, golf and dinner with Harmon Killebrew, a Twins Executive Suite, and a cruise with Harmon Killebrew and Frank Quilici, another famous Twin. There was also an invitation to the 2011 Twins Fantasy Camp. The auctioner was very good and it was pretty funny to watch her talk so fast. After all ten of the items were auctioned off, one more item was put on the board: $10,000 to complete the Miracle League field in Lakeville, MN. We are happy to announce, because of several people, the field will get to be completed.
After the auction, we stuck around a bit and that was a good idea. Photographers wanted to take our pictures. And then, it happened: Harmon Killebrew came to talk with us and take pictures with us with other former players. And some random girl took a picture with us?! At the end of the night, we went home knowing we were pretty lucky to attend.
We met Twins President Dave St. Peter and saw Bert Blyleven (former Twins pitcher and current Twins TV analyst), Ron Coomer (former Twins infielder and current announcer for Fox Sports North), and Tony Oliva (former Twins outfielder). We also saw Rod Carew (former Twins infielder), and of course, Harmon Killebrew (former Twins infielder and outfielder).
We greatly thank the Harmon Killebrew Foundation for letting us be their guests for this event.
Written by: Michael L. Sack and Sam Graves