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Paul Goldschmidt named nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, announced that Paul Goldschmidt was named the Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Wednesday, September 16th marks the fourteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Goldschmidt is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Goldschmidt continues to be an MVP-worthy candidate on the field but more importantly for his commitment to the Arizona community off the field. Goldschmidt and his wife, Amy, spend countless hours volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital interacting and visiting with kids and their families; a genuine passion they both share. Last year Goldschmidt launched Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, to help families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and earlier this spring, Paul and Amy hosted a Champions for Children luncheon to raise money for PCH. In addition to his work with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, he has chaired events including Chrysalis, a non-profit domestic violence shelter, and assisted Soldier’s Best Friend, a local non-profit that pairs veterans with adopted animals and then certifies them as a service animal. This year Goldschmidt increased the number of full-tuition scholarships for students wanting to continue their education at University of Phoenix from three to five. After graduating from University of Phoenix in 2013, both Paul and Amy will personally select the five finalists to receive the award and present the scholarships at a D-backs game.

“Paul is a leader both on and off the field and we are proud to have such a great role model leading our team in every way,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “His humble attitude and genuine passion to help others is commendable. He represents what it means to be a D-back in every aspect.”

“I am honored to be named the D-backs’ Roberto Clemente nominee,” said Goldschmidt. “Amy and I are truly committed to giving back in the Arizona community so this is a tremendous honor to be considered a community ambassador on and off the field and follow in his footsteps.”

The distinguished list of past Roberto Clemente Award winners includes 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 12.51.41 PMBeginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Friday, October 9th, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 World Series, where the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.

Clubs playing at home on September 16th will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting Clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

The concept of honoring players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.


MLB, Diamondbacks will host diversity summit

Major League Baseball announced that it will partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks to co-host the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit in Greater Phoenix in March 2016.  The event, which will be held during Spring Training for the first time, will provide attendees with exclusive access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office.

Various elements of the MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on March 8th and 9th (2016) at Chase Field, the Regular Season home of the D-backs, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair.  It provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers regarding employment and business opportunities. Features of the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit will include event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. 

 “Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in hosting the 2016 Diversity Business Summit, our first during Spring Training,” Commissioner Manfred said. “Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our industry.  As fans gather in anticipation of the 2016 Championship Season, we will be proud to offer unparalleled access and networking toward the pursuit of business and employment opportunities within our game.”

“Arizona is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are honored to host this summit next year at a time when all eyes are on us,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who serves on MLB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We recognize the great importance of a diverse work force and supplier base and we are proud to help lead the way in expanding those opportunities in baseball and making this the best summit to date.”

The D-backs were recently named to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Circle of Excellence as an organization that spends more than $1 million annually with minority- or women-owned businesses. Additionally, the team works closely with the African-American, Native-American and Hispanic communities, each of which are expected to be involved in the upcoming summit.

     The previous three MLB Diversity Business Summits were held during the Regular Season calendar in Chicago (2012; co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox), Houston (2013; co-hosted by the Houston Astros) and New York (2014; co-hosted by the New York Yankees).  In total, the three previous MLB Diversity Business Summits attracted more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States.

     For more information and to save the date, visit MLB.com/diversitysummit. Please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).


Dan Patrick headlines NAIOP Arizona event

Millions listen to Dan Patrick daily, now NAIOP Arizona has made it possible to you to hear him in person.

NAIOP Arizona’s annual Signature Speaker Series Event will feature Patrick, one of the most accomplished, popular and versatile commentators in sports media. The event takes place April 30 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

There will be a special opening by Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall.

Patrick is a Sports Emmy-winning sportscaster, radio personality and actor. He currently hosts The Dan Patrick Show broadcast on radio on Premiere Radio Networks and on television on NBCSN as well as The Audience Network for DIRECTV subscribers. He also currently co-hosts NBC’s Football Night in America and serves as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He previously worked at ESPN for 18 years, where he often anchored the weeknight and Sunday 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

Patrick has also made cameo appearances in many movies and TV shows, thanks in large part to his longtime friendship with actor Adam Sandler.

NAIOP Arizona is the trade association representing the commercial real estate industry in Arizona. Its members enjoy premier networking events, quality educational programs and political action.

For Inquiries please email rsvp@naiopaz.org.


Valley Leadership announces 2015 CEO Advisory Circle

Valley Leadership, the region’s premier leadership organization, announced its 2015 CEO Advisory Circle membership.  The CEO Advisory Circle will help Valley Leadership hone its focus on meeting future leadership needs in a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape.

The nine 2015 CEO Circle leaders were selected from diverse industries for their expert perspective on leadership, and for their long-standing commitment to and understanding of the Valley.

“The CEO Circle goes beyond a traditional advisory board format,” said Don Henninger, CEO Advisory Circle facilitator, “These leaders are not only committed to the success of Valley Leadership, they are dedicated to leading the way in fostering and promoting strong leadership for our region’s future.”

Leaders will meet quarterly to discuss Valley Leadership’s programming and goals, and offer advice on how to meet the needs associated with changes in leadership.

“The opportunity to tap this level of experience and diverse perspective is important as Valley Leadership continues to lead the way in leadership development programming,” says Brad Vynalek, partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Valley Leadership board director and alum. “Their advice will be invaluable to Valley Leadership and the greater community.”

Vynalek and Katie Campana, fellow directors and alumni, worked with Don Henninger to create the Circle on behalf of the Valley Leadership Board. 

“Valley Leadership is looking forward to receiving high-level advice from the members, which will be applied to the strategic work of the board,” said Campana, community affairs and community development officer for Wells Fargo.  “This is a key leadership project important to the future of the Valley.”

2015 Valley Leadership CEO Advisory Circle

Hon. Rebecca Berch, Arizona Supreme Court

Supervisor Steve Chucri, Arizona Restaurant Association

Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State University

Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper, Plaza Companies

Edmundo Hidalgo, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation

Ed Zuercher, City of Phoenix

Don Henninger, CEO Advisory Circle Facilitator


D-backs take ballpark dining to a new level

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have redefined the dining experience at Chase Field bringing aboard local favorites Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, America’s Taco Shop, Paradise Valley Burger Co. and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt to Chase Field in 2015. In addition to the new restaurant vendors, the D-backs will add a Food Truck Alley, The Draft Room, Taste of Chase and Ball Park Poppers.

“We truly believe we are changing the game when it comes to the dining experience, not only at ballparks, but entertainment venues throughout the Valley,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Not only are we proud to be adding four new local vendors to our options, but there are so many new offerings for our fans to look forward to – from food trucks and craft beers to digital menu boards and items like the Churro Dog that make Chase Field a destination for those who simply enjoy great food.”

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles will offer scratch-made fried chicken and waffles with syrup as well as unique sides such as fried green tomatoes, spicy corn fritters and mac & cheese. Lo-Lo’s will be located along the main concourse at section 141.

America’s Taco Shop will feature fresh made-to-order items such as burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas. America’s Taco Shop will be located at sections 115 and 314.

Paradise Valley Burger Co., recently featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” will offer specialty burgers such as the classic Paradise CHZ, Beach House Burger, and Burger Parmesana. Paradise Valley Burger Co. will be located along the main concourse at section 121.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt will offer fans the opportunity to customize their frozen yogurt with unique toppings ranging from sprinkles to mochi (Japanese rice cake). Zoyo will be located at section 138 and will also be featured on the world-famous Churro Dog.

Earlier this month, the D-backs announced Chase Field’s newest food sensation, the Churro Dog, which trended internationally on social media and was featured on several national television shows. The Churro Dog features a warm cinnamon churro served on a donut bun and topped with Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauces and will be available at two dessert portables (section 114 and 123).

Taste of Chase will offer many of the iconic Chase Field food items such as the D-bat Dog, Sonoran Dog, and the Bisbee Tamale, located at section 130, just outside the Team Shop. Taste of Chase will also feature a footlong dog in which fans can choose from a newly expanded selection of fresh toppings at the Circle K Fresh Toppings Station Cart.

Previously known as Arizona Baseball Club, The Draft Room will serve as the craft beer destination at Chase Field. With more than 20 draft flavors available, fans will be able to enjoy the game with prime views in a casual pub-like atmosphere. Fans can also continue to order from the Chef’s Table as well as choose from an a la carte menu.

Ball Park Poppers will bring State Fair-like food options to Chase Field. Items such as deep-fried cheeseburger poppers, jalapeno poppers, sliders and “Grand Slam Cheese Sticks” will be offered at sections 106 and 312.

With the popularity of food trucks, fans will be able to enjoy Food Truck Alley, located on the plaza just outside Gate A. Working with Best in Show Events, each series will feature different local food trucks offering fans new and fresh options every time they come to the ballpark.

New this season, fans can collect all four Souvenir Cups that will feature various D-backs players throughout the season. The 32 oz. cups will be sold for $6.50 at all concessions stands where fountain drinks are available.

Throughout the ballpark, fans will notice digital menu boards at each dining location that can be rotated each homestand to offer new and exciting menu options.

All food options will be available at the D-backs vs. Cubs exhibition games on April 3 & 4 and Opening Day on April 6 at Chase Field. Tickets are available for Opening Day and the exhibition games by calling 602.492.4600 or online at www.dbacks.com


Hall joins CTCA’s Board of Directors

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center announced Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will be joining its Board of Directors.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, this is a cause very close to my heart,” said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who recently launched his own non-profit organization, the Pro-State Foundation. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Board of Directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and seeing how I can help further their mission of ‘Winning the Fight Against Cancer, Every Day®.’”

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Derrick to our Board leadership,” said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA® at Western. “Derrick’s business savvy and commitment to community leadership, coupled with his own journey of cancer survivorship, will greatly enhance our ability to provide our patients the best possible cancer care.”

Hall joins a list of distinguished leaders and respected professionals currently serving on the Board of Directors: Richard J Stephenson (Chairman), James J. Grogan, Esq. (President); Kenneth Bennett (Treasurer); Stephen B. Bonner, Esq.; Ernest Calderón, Esq.; Michael L. Gallagher, Esq.; Carrie Martz; Robert Mayo; Christa Severns; Dr. Christopher Stephenson and Candace Hunter Wiest (Secretary).

“As President of the Western Board, I know I am speaking for all of our members in expressing our sincere welcome to Derrick and our gratitude to him for committing his time and energy to our important mission,” said James Grogan, President, CTCA Western Board of Directors. “Derrick will bring a wealth of community knowledge and business experience to our patient-focused efforts as we work to help families fight this horrible disease. His personal fight with cancer has inspired many in our community and we are thrilled that he will be helping Western deliver the best possible, personal, integrative, cancer care to all of our patients.”


Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week

Earlier today, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) announced via Twitter that the D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 12 and under to kick off the summer break. The offer is valid for games May 26-29 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat section and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The offer begins this Monday, Memorial Day, and the D-backs encourage families to come out to support Military Appreciation Day. Every D-backs game offers tons of fun for kids, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, an area dedicated just for kids. The Sandlot is open for every D-backs home game and includes age-specific playground areas, Futures Field and a batting cage. D-backs Baseball Academy coaches offer free clinics at Futures Field in the Sandlot one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning. In addition, kids can sign up to be a part of the free Raising Cane’s Kids Club program in the Sandlot to earn prizes for every game they attend.

Adult tickets for games next week start at just $12 and are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/kids.


D-backs Announce Most Valuable Partner Awards

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced the winners of last week’s Most Valuable Partner Awards, the unique award show designed to honor the best D-backs’ partners in a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Gila River Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Ovations Live! Showroom.

Several D-backs players were on hand to take part in the red carpet Oscar-style awards show, including Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, J.J. Putz, A.J. Pollock and Josh Collmenter. The quintet competed in Family Feud against several D-backs partners and comedic results can be viewed here: http://atmlb.com/1aJPQGZ

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall emceed the annual event and was featured throughout the night in several commercial spoofs, including the following parodies of a popular AT&T commercial: http://atmlb.com/1dNRpJR and http://atmlb.com/1ap2WPd

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Luis Gonzalez Community Champion – Western Refining
Brand Integration – Subway
D-backs Ambassador – Safelite
Marketing Activation – Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi
Rookie of the Year (first-year partnership) – Safelite
Lifetime Achievement – APS
Fans’ Choice Award – Taco Bell
Most Valuable Partner – Sanderson Ford (Silver Slugger) and Gila River Casinos (Gold Glove)


GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO

Jay Tibshraeny
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise

Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

Evening on the Diamond Presented by University of Phoenix

D-backs’ CEO Honored By PRSA

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall was honored with the prestigious Phoenix Award by the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The honor recognizes a CEO, business leader or community leader who has elevated the best practices of public relations.

“I am deeply honored, humbled and moved by this award,” said Hall. “This is really a reflection on the Diamondbacks organization and all of our employees for the great way in which we relate to the public and work closely with our fans, media members and clients.”

The Chapter has only bestowed the Phoenix Award 17 times in its history, with other legendary names such as Lou Grubb, Jerry Colangelo and last year’s winner Phil Pangrazio of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.

Hall received the award during the event themed “Mastering the PR Puzzle” which took place at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale.

The Phoenix Chapter also awarded Abbie S. Fink, vice president and general manager of HMA Public Relations, with the Percy Award, which honors a professional who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of public relations, is an active supporter of PRSA Phoenix, and had made positive contributions to the Phoenix community. Christie Poole, PRSSA student with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University — of which Hall is a member of the Hall of Fame — was awarded the Phoenix Chapter Student Scholarship.

Hall began his career in public relations, initially working for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league affiliate in Vero Beach, FL before joining the Major League team as Assistant Director of Public Relations. He became one of the youngest PR directors in MLB history in 1996 and eventually became the league’s first Sr. Vice President of Communications in 2000, a position he held with the D-backs in 2005.

Evening on the Diamond Presented by University of Phoenix

D-backs' CEO Honored By PRSA

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall was honored with the prestigious Phoenix Award by the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The honor recognizes a CEO, business leader or community leader who has elevated the best practices of public relations.

“I am deeply honored, humbled and moved by this award,” said Hall. “This is really a reflection on the Diamondbacks organization and all of our employees for the great way in which we relate to the public and work closely with our fans, media members and clients.”

The Chapter has only bestowed the Phoenix Award 17 times in its history, with other legendary names such as Lou Grubb, Jerry Colangelo and last year’s winner Phil Pangrazio of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.

Hall received the award during the event themed “Mastering the PR Puzzle” which took place at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale.

The Phoenix Chapter also awarded Abbie S. Fink, vice president and general manager of HMA Public Relations, with the Percy Award, which honors a professional who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of public relations, is an active supporter of PRSA Phoenix, and had made positive contributions to the Phoenix community. Christie Poole, PRSSA student with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University — of which Hall is a member of the Hall of Fame — was awarded the Phoenix Chapter Student Scholarship.

Hall began his career in public relations, initially working for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league affiliate in Vero Beach, FL before joining the Major League team as Assistant Director of Public Relations. He became one of the youngest PR directors in MLB history in 1996 and eventually became the league’s first Sr. Vice President of Communications in 2000, a position he held with the D-backs in 2005.

Arizona School Choice Trust

D-backs Accepting Submissions For $150K School Challenge

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they are now accepting applications for the $150,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona. The program is open to all Arizona public, private, and nonprofit charter schools, Grades K-12, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to “make their best pitch” on why they deserve to receive this important funding by submitting an application online at www.dbacks.com/schoolchallenge by Sept. 30.

“Last season we were astounded by the volume and quality of applications received and we know that schools across the state truly need help,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “That’s where the D-backs and University of Phoenix step in and we are excited to be able to bring back this valuable program. We are dedicated to ensuring that the schools in our state receive the resources that will make the biggest impact on our students and the community at large.”

The D-backs kicked off the program last spring with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to also host a $150,000 Back-To-School Challenge last fall. With more than 1,300 applications last year, the D-backs were able to grant $5,000 to 50 schools for a grand total of $250,000 in 2012. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation provided $150,000 for the program and the University of Phoenix provided $100,000.  The $5,000 grants helped schools from across the state with needs such as educational supplies, books, updated computer programs, mobile computer labs and school improvements.

“Our community, schools, and students thrive when supported by local businesses and organizations,” said University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello. “University of Phoenix is committed to providing support in the communities in which we reside and we are so proud to be part of this School Challenge program in partnership with the D-backs helping to ensure the education of our youth.”

The School Challenge is part of the D-backs’ overall charitable efforts and last season, the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $30 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998, including more than $4 million in 2012.

Tony Pena, Brian Cashman

Yankees’ GM supports TGen Research

A top official of the New York Yankees whose father passed from pancreatic cancer has joined a prestigious national panel organized by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to fight this aggressive disease.

Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the vaunted Yankees Major League Baseball franchise, has joined TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

TGen’s National Advisory Council leads a critically needed funding effort and promotes a deeper public understanding of pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth-leading cause of cancer death, which in 2012 took the lives of nearly 44,000 in the U.S. and nearly 235,000 worldwide.

Cashman lost his father, John, in September after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He had wanted his Yankees to reach the World Series as one last gift to his father.

“My father loved the Yankees. There are a lot of people who face these kinds of challenges, and they look to the Yankees to provide positive inspiration. For my father, the Yankees were always something he could look forward to,” he said. “I welcome the responsibilities and challenges of my role in the fight against pancreatic cancer. I have a personal experience to draw from, and coupled with my unique standing within the fabric of baseball, I’d like to believe I can make the type of contribution my father would be proud of.”

Cashman was invited to join TGen’s National Advisory Council by another council member, Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who in 2011 lost his father, Larry, to pancreatic cancer, even as Derrick was fighting his own battle with prostate cancer.

The Yankees and Diamondbacks played one of the game’s iconic 7-game World Series in 2001.

In addition to Cashman and Hall, another MLB official, David Dombrowski – President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers – also is a member of the National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Other members of TGen’s National Advisory Council are: Raymond Bojanowski, Co-founder and Co-chairman of the Seena Magowitz Foundation; Karl Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Leggett & Platt Inc.; Diane Halle,
President of the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation and the Herbert K. Cummings Charitable Trust; Steve Hilton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Meritage Homes Corp.; David Lane, President of the Lane Affiliated Companies; Roger Magowitz, President and Founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation; Vincent McBeth, President of the The McBeth Group International and a retired U.S. Navy Commander; Larry Rogers, President and CEO of the Sealy Corp.; Steve Stagner, President and CEO of the Mattress Firm; Louis A. “Chip” Weil III, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Central Newspapers Inc.; and Howard Young, President of the General Wholesale Company.

“Brian Cashman is a powerful addition to TGen’s National Advisory Council. His personal experience, championship reputation, and national visibility will be a huge boost to TGen’s fight against pancreatic cancer,” said Michael Bassoff, TGen Foundation President.

Cashman joined the Yankees as a 19-year-old intern and now commands one of the most demanding jobs in sports. During 25 seasons, he has earned five World Series rings. At age 30, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series. And during 1998-2000 he became the only GM in Baseball history to win World Series titles in each of his first three seasons.

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Salt River Fields Surpasses 1 Million In Attendance

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that Saturday’s sold out crowd of 11,576 pushed the total attendance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick over the one-million mark since the complex opened in 2011. The shared facility between the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies, constructed in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, reached the milestone in just 24 months of operation. The total includes all ticketed events at Salt River Fields including concerts, festivals and Spring Training games.

“It is quite an accomplishment to reach this milestone in such a short amount of time and it’s really a testament to the baseball fans throughout Arizona,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Along with our partners at the Rockies and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, we set out to create the best Spring Training facility in all of baseball and we feel strongly that we were able to do just that.”

In addition to hosting Spring Training games from the two National League West Division teams, Salt River Fields will host four games in March as part of the World Baseball Classic. On Tuesday, March 5, the D-backs will host an exhibition night game against Team Mexico and on Wednesday, March 6, the Rockies will face Team USA in a 7:10 p.m. start. The official World Baseball Classic games will kick off on Thursday, March 6 as Team Italy faces Team Mexico in a 1:00 p.m. game followed by a 12:30 p.m. contest on Friday, March 7 between Team Canada and Team Italy.

In addition to these games, fans are invited to watch Team USA in its first official workout on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

In each of its first two seasons, Salt River Fields has broken the total attendance mark for a two-team complex, as last year’s record total between the D-backs and Rockies was 369,393. The D-backs’ average attendance of 11,677 was the highest in Major League Baseball for the second consecutive season.

Following its first year, Salt River Fields was a finalist for the “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. The facility has earned LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council and has received numerous awards including “Best Place to See a Spring Training Game” by the Phoenix New Times, “Best Spring Training Facility” by Arizona Foothills magazine and “Ballpark of the Year” by Ballpark Digest, BaseballParks.com and Digitalparks.com.

The largest one-day event on record at Salt River Fields came in January 2012, when more than 20,000 people came to the facility for Street Eats.

Salt River Fields’ 2013 calendar already touts several major events: April 20 is the 4th Annual Arizona Barbecue Festival with 12,000 expected to attend; the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Charity Softball Game April 27, when approximately 5,000 are anticipated; and the Independence Day Music Festival July 3, with more than 14,000 attending last year to see Country Music powerhouses Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.

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Derrick Hall talks business strategy

Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, talked about change and growth recently at W. P. Carey’s Economics Club of Phoenix luncheon at the Camelback Golf Club.

The Club meets monthly to hear from CEOs and prominent businessmen regarding job growth, finance and management. This business-networking mecca is an excellent place to get a feel for the Valley’s economic standing and to learn from industry professionals.

Hall, who has extensive leadership experience and serves on 27 various boards, shared his vision of culture and how it has impacted fans and the team.

Hall recalled an encounter with a fan that approached him once and said,:

“You look like an idiot. Lose the suit! It’s 110° outside and this is baseball. You ask us to buy this stuff, but you don’t even wear it?”

The staff did lose the suits, and that led to more ways of doing things. Many changes have been made at the Chase Field in recent years, including the much-contested uniform switch.

“My first year, I was very popular, let me tell you that.”

Despite the resistance, Hall continued to make the hard decisions and that has made all the difference.

“Change is not always a bad thing, and in our case, they were changes we needed to make,” he said. “We changed our uniform colors, and that was a big deal. I didn’t realize how big a deal that was going to be.

“There was no red in our division, we were 28th out of 30 in merchandise sales.”

Sale have increased dramatically, and as a gesture to the fans, the players have donned throwback purple uniforms that fans chose online.

The most crucial shifts have been within the business structure itself, however. Since Hall joined the Diamondbacks, he has established an atmosphere of family among the staff and players.

His speech centered on the creation of the Circle of Success, which outlines the company’s five major areas of focus. The Circle, posted on walls throughout the ballpark’s offices, includes Performance, Financial Efficiency, Fan Experience, Community and Culture.

And when it comes to the community, the Diamondbacks have given more to the
Valley than all other local teams combined. Fan favorite and 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez was in New York recently to accept the 2012 National League Bobby Murcer award, which honors the team that commits the most money to the Baseball Assistance Team and the community.

Evening on the Diamond, an annual gala, raised $1.7 million last year alone to benefit  local charities. Season ticket scholarships are granted to needy families who love baseball but can’t afford games.

“Our ownership cares deeply about this community, and they realize that our ballclub is a community asset,” Hall said. “The more we can do in the community, especially during tough economic times, the better we’re going to.”

To attend the next meeting or to join ECP, visit: wpcarey.asu.edu/economic-club.


Golf tournament benefits TGen pancreatic cancer research

Nearly 450 participants, including 288 golfers, are expected Dec. 7-8 at the 10th anniversary Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, benefiting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The weekend charity tournament at the world-famous Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa is sponsored by the Seena Magowitz Foundation, which helps fund TGen’s global effort to eradicate pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth leading cause of cancer death.

The Golf Classic, which this year is expected to raise more than $500,000, also will feature celebrity emcees and two leading scientists in the field of cancer research.

“If we continue working together in a hard-fought campaign to curb this brutal disease, I’m confident that our efforts will make a life-changing difference,” said Leggett & Platt COO Karl Glassman, this year’s tournament Honorary Chairman, who lost his mother to breast cancer and a good friend to pancreatic cancer.

Following the golf tournament on Dec. 8, Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will co-emcee an awards luncheon with journalist and television personality Tara Hitchcock.

The luncheon’s featured speakers are: Keynote Speaker Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, TGen’s Physician-In-Chief and one of the world’s leading authorities on pancreatic cancer; and Dr. Victor Velculescu, a Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The weekend event kicks off from 6-11 p.m. Dec. 7 with a special Monte Carlo casino welcome, including live jazz from renowned trumpeter Jessie McGuire.

The golf tournament begins at 7 a.m. Dec. 8 with breakfast and registration, followed at 8:25 a.m. by McGuire’s special rendition of the National Anthem, which will begin the tournament’s shotgun start.

The luncheon — with special guests, a live auction and raffle — starts at 1 p.m.

The event caps off with an 8 p.m. Anniversary Music Concert, staring: pop artist Alyssa Bonagura, who just released a new album, Love Hard; Ira Dean, former member of the band Trick Pony; and Brooke Burrows.

“A decade ago, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen the tremendous progress that has been made by TGen to help conquer this disease,” said Roger Magowitz, President of the Magowitz Foundation, which he founded in honor of his mother, Seena, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001. “The advent of TGen’s whole genome sequencing and the ability to search out each patient’s genetic vulnerability is a phenomenal biomedical advance.”

TGen’s use of whole genome sequencing in analyzing three pancreatic cancer patients was recently documented in a scientific study, funded in part by the Magowitz Foundation, and published in October by the Public Library of Science.

In addition, the Magowitz Foundation helped support a study that concluded in November that a new cancer drug combination demonstrated significant improvement in overall survival of late-stage pancreatic cancer patients, according to a clinical trial led by Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership with TGen.

“TGen’s groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research receives a tremendous boost from the Seena Magowitz Foundation’s annual December events,” said Michael Bassoff, President of the non-profit TGen Foundation. “Industry leaders like Leggett & Platt and Mattress Firm are making a difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients today.”

Pancreatic cancer annually takes the lives of more than 37,000 Americans. A staggering 74 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

Major tournament sponsors include: Leggett & Platt, Mattress Firm, Sealy, Mattress Discounters, Sleep Inc., Serta, Comfort Revolution, Ellman Family Vineyards, General Wholesale Beer Company, Morley Company, Simmons, Raymond James, Customatic, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A golf foursome, including the welcome and luncheon, is $1,750. Individual golfers are $450. For those who don’t play golf, and still want to participate, the welcome is $100 per person, while the luncheon is $150 per person.

Corporate sponsorships are available, ranging from $500 to $100,000. Sponsors may contact: Roger Magowitz at 602-524-7636 or roger@seenamagowitzfoundation.org; Liz McBeth, Tournament Director, at 757-773-7622 or liz@seenamagowitzfoundation.org; or Alison Bassoff, Vice President of Development, 602-361-7006 or Allison@seenamagowitzfoundation.org.

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Call him Dr. Derrick Hall

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from University of Phoenix. Hall was presented the doctorate on Saturday, November 10 during the graduation ceremony at University of Phoenix in which Hall was the commencement speaker. A photo of the ceremony is attached with Hall alongside University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello and Phoenix Campus Vice President David Fitzgerald.

“University of Phoenix is a great partner of the D-backs and a leader in the Arizona community,” said Hall. “I am honored to receive this degree of high distinction. I’m so proud of the collaborative efforts to make a strong impact in the community with our joint initiatives.”

The doctorate is in recognition of Hall’s leadership role in the community. The honor came one day after Hall was presented with the first-ever Goldwater Community Service Award for his philanthropic efforts in the Arizona community. He currently serves on 27 boards, including Chairman of the Board for Valley of the Sun United Way leading the Hunger-Free Communities Plan Steering Committee, and is an active member of the Thunderbirds and Young President’s Organization.

The D-backs and University of Phoenix worked together to create the $100,000 School Challenge last February that received more than 700 applicants. The success of the first round of the program led to the $150,000 Back-To-School Challenge launched in September in which 31 schools received $5,000 each to improve their school in one of four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness and school/campus improvements. In addition, the D-backs and University of Phoenix team up each year to provide more than 500 children with a fun holiday experience, including interacting with D-backs players and coaches, an arts and crafts station, T-ball game, and a gift bag with new shoes at the annual Winter Classic Holiday Party held at Chase Field in December.

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D-Backs CEO earns Goldwater award

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and will be honored at the 29th Noche de Gourmet Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Wrigley Mansion. The Goldwater Community Service Awards, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a community leader with a strong record of philanthropic involvement, professional success in their field of work, and a desire to give back to the Phoenix area through serving on charitable and corporate boards and through public service.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award in a category where every nominee is truly deserving,” said Hall. “The Active 20-30 Club is a distinguished philanthropic club that works hard to improve the lives of children across the Valley, and I am proud to represent and be recognized by such an illustrious group of individuals.”

Hall was chosen among five nominees, including Arizona Treasurer and former Founder & CEO of Cold Stone Doug Ducey, Phoenix City Councilmember and Attorney for PING William Gates, Founder of Beyond the Flames Jason Schechterle and Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix Hugh Smith, Jr. The annual award is given to an individual who shows high moral and ethical character and will set the standard for the men of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix to achieve as they continue to grow and develop in their profession and in their community.

A proven leader in the Arizona community, Hall currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Valley of the Sun United Way and leads the Hunger-Free Communities Plan Steering Committee, and is an active member of the Thunderbirds and Young President’s Organization. He serves on 27 boards, including the Arizona Mexico Commission, Great Hearts Academies, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer, US Airways Education Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul and Florence Crittendon. He has also raised money by serving as an event chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Foundation for Blind Children.


ASU program helps leaders of small businesses

The fifth annual Small Business Leadership Academy at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU helps small business owners and executives learn how to improve efficiency, streamline operations and raise profits.

“Classes are held just one night per week, so they fit right into busy executives’ schedules,” said Dawn Feldman, executive director of the W. P. Carey School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development, which hosts the program. “Participants not only take away great business knowledge, but also a new support network of peers that will exist long after the program is over.”

Salt River Project (SRP), the program’s founding co-sponsor, offers a number of scholarships to its current suppliers and small business customers.

“The academy offers an outstanding opportunity for small business owners to gain knowledge from highly acclaimed professors and establish lasting relationships with other community small business owners,” said Carrie Young, senior director, corporate operations services for SRP. “The partnership we have with ASU, coupled with the sponsorship and scholarships we offer to the academy, is a natural fit for SRP in supporting economic development within our own community.”

As part of a larger partnership with ASU focused on small business support, JPMorgan Chase is also a top sponsor, providing 15 scholarships to the academy.

“As Arizona’s number one SBA lender, we know how important small businesses are to our economy,” said Joe Stewart, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase in Arizona.

Participants must come from companies that have been in business for at least three years; have annual revenues between $1 million and $10 million; and have fewer than 100 employees.

For more information, call (480) 965-7579, e-mail wpcarey.execed@asu.edu or visit wpcarey.asu.edu/sbla.


Hear from Top Business Leaders in the New ECP Season

Top leaders from Sam’s Club, Intel, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and the Arizona Diamondbacks are among those taking the stage during the current season of the Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series. Every year, Phoenix-area audiences are invited to attend the club’s luncheons and hear from some of the biggest names in the business world.

“We want Valley businesspeople to be able to hear from the heads of major local companies and top executives from international firms,” says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “This series brings leaders from a variety of industries to talk about what’s happening in their own companies, as well as in the business arena as a whole.”

The Economic Club of Phoenix (ECP) was founded by a group of prominent business executives called the Dean’s Council of 100, in conjunction with the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The club is now the preeminent Arizona forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. Its monthly luncheons and other activities offer business leaders and others opportunities to network and engage.

This season’s speaker lineup (subject to change) is:

Thursday, Nov. 8 – William Toler, chief executive officer, AdvancePierre Foods; Matt Wilson, managing director, Oaktree Capital Management
Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Derrick Hall, president and chief executive officer, Arizona Diamondbacks
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 – Charles Redfield, executive vice president of merchandising, Sam’s Club
Tuesday, March 19 – Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Arizona fab/sort manufacturing site, Intel Corporation
Thursday, April 25 – Maj. Gen. Josue Robles Jr., president and chief executive officer, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), Dean’s Council of 100 Executive of the Year
Thursday, May 16 – Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

All luncheons run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The November event will take place at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, with the rest of the locations still to be announced.

Non-members are welcome for a $75 luncheon fee. Funds in excess of the cost of lunch are used to support scholarships and faculty research at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

For more information about the club or to reserve seats, call (480) 727-0596, e-mail wpcarey.ecp@asu.edu or go to www.econclubphx.org.


Diamondbacks Receive Business Leadership Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they will receive the 2012 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The honor salutes the D-backs’ management and leadership culture and will be presented during a special celebration on May 10 at Chase Field. D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

“We are humbled to be recognized for the culture that has been created here and the leadership team we have in place,” said Hall. “This award belongs to everyone in the D-backs’ organization for their efforts and their passion for making this the best place in the Valley to come to work.”

This is the 16th-annual ABL award. Past winners include the Mayo Clinic, Jobing.com, Harkins Theatres, Go Daddy and Arizona Public Service Co.

“This award spotlights great leadership in our state, and when you think of leaders and a winning culture, you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Jeff Reichard, Vice President Awards of Arizona Business Leadership.

At the May 10 celebration, Hall will discuss the shared vision with Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick that helped mold a new corporate culture and empower staff, players and fans alike.

A mission and values statement for all employees includes the ‘Circle of Success’ program, which focuses on the organization’s efforts in five key areas. The D-backs created a workplace filled with results, common sense, passion and fun. A ‘One fan at a time’ concept, where management answers every letter, email or phone call from fans, and the ‘Find A Way To Say Yes’ customer service policy are just some of the ways the team connects with its fan base.

The awards ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Audi quattro Lounge at Chase Field. Only 300 tickets are available at $65 for ABL members and $75 for non-members. Registration ends after May 4, and the first 250 who register will receive a limited edition souvenir to mark the occasion.

ABL also will present the award to the D-backs during the team’s May 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The D-backs have donated a game suite to ABL, which will sell suite tickets for $100 with all proceeds going to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

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Diamondbacks Lead MLB With Lowest Fan Cost Index

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that their Fan Cost Index of $145.94 is again the lowest in Major League Baseball for the sixth consecutive season by finishing more than $60 below the industry average of $207.34. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four to attend a MLB game. It is computed annually by Team Marketing Report since 1991 and is comprised of four average tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking for one car, two programs and two adult-sized hats.

“The D-backs’ top priority every season, in addition to winning, is to keep games affordable for our fans,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We strive to be the best in everything we do and for the sixth year in a row, we are proud to provide the best value for families in all of Major League Baseball. Our focus is always centered on our fans and we are proud to continually offer the lowest average ticket price among all sports teams in Phoenix.”

The Arizona Diamondbacks average ticket price of $15.74 for the 2012 season ranked second among all Major League clubs, finishing seven cents behind the San Diego Padres atop the list with a $15.67 average. The D-backs, who did not increase average ticket prices this season, are more than $11 below the MLB average ticket price of $26.92 in 2012.

Nearly 75 percent of the 48,635 seats at Chase Field are priced at $25 and under when purchasing season tickets, and 55 percent are priced at $16 and below. The D-backs Pepsi Max Value Pack allows fans to purchase a bleacher or an Infield Reserve ticket, regular-size hot dog and 24-ounce Pepsi while also receiving a coupon for a free 20-ounce Pepsi Max for just $19 to any regular-season game at Chase Field.

All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available starting at $29 and include unlimited access to ballpark traditions such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts, water and Pepsi soft drinks in a special section on the Insight Diamond Level. The D-backs also offer Value Item pricing on 12 food items ranging from $1.50-$4 at various concession locations and seven merchandise items priced below $10 are available at Team Shop locations throughout Chase Field. The team’s magazine, D-backs Insider, is also distributed free to all fans in the ballpark during each homestand.

In addition, the D-backs continue to offer the best price for beer in baseball at $4, which is more than $2 below the MLB average beer price at $6.15.

You can find out more about The Diamondbacks at arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com.

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Evening On The Diamond Raises $1.7 Million For Diamondbacks Foundation

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that its sold-out Evening on the Diamond fundraising event at Chase Field raised a record $1.7 million to benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Overall, the event has raised $8.2 million to be given back to Arizona charities and non-profit organizations since 2007 and has been ranked as one of the largest fundraising events in the Valley.

“Last night was a truly unforgettable evening for everyone in attendance and the community will feel the impact of our attendees’ generosity for years to come,” said D-backs’ Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. “We are humbled by the efforts of so many who made last night such a success and we are grateful that so many people, including our entire team and coaching staff, took the time to be a part of it.”

The theme of the gala was Teaming up for Education, as the University of Phoenix served as the presenting sponsor and the school’s president, Dr. Bill Pepicello, co-chaired the event with his wife, Kris. A portion of the program geared specifically towards education raised $100,000 from the attendees, with the University of Phoenix matching an additional $50,000 for $150,000 total in critical funds. Lee Hanley, chairman and CEO of Vestar, received the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic endeavors to assist Arizona charities and the community throughout the Valley.

The event’s live auction raised more than $680,000 and featured a South African Hunting/Photographic Safari, a James Bond Experience in London, a vacation in the Bahamas aboard a luxurious 145-foot yacht, a Hawaiian vacation at Kapalua, a five-day hunting expedition with Kirk Gibson, an Eddie Matney prepared personal dinner with D-backs legends and more than a dozen current players, as well as VIP trips to Napa Valley, the Oregon Coast and New York, where the winning bidder will get to dine with members of the Trump family and take in the live finale of “The Apprentice.”

More than 700 people were in attendance and enjoyed dinner on the infield of Chase Field followed by a live performance by Grammy-Award winner Natalie Cole, who performed an hour-long set that included the famous video duet on dbTV with her late father, Nat King Cole.

Last night, D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall announced the official passing of the $30 million mark in combined charitable giving between the D-backs and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Those organizations gave back more than $4 million in 2011 and later this week, will dedicate the 32nd field in the community, Justin Upton Field at University Park.

For more information on the Diamondbacks Foundation, visit their website at arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/foundation.jsp.

Chase Field Updates

What’s New At Chase Field For 2012?

Chase Field, considered by many to be the most fan-friendly ballpark in the country, will open its doors tomorrow and host its first two exhibition games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers, followed by Opening Weekend April 6-8. A number of additions have been made in order to enhance the fan experience, ranging from food and merchandise enhancements to technology and dynamic signage.

“Much like we feel we improved the club on the field after winning our division last year, we felt it was equally as important to continue to improve the experience off the field,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We strive to provide our fans with the best entertainment in all of sports at a great value and we’re looking forward to seeing them at Chase Field.”

In addition to all the ballpark favorites, Levy Restaurants has added a number of new offerings for fans, highlighted by Meatball Mania, a new spin on an old fan favorite. A skewer of six meatballs is now available in three delicious flavors including traditional beef meatball with marinara, chicken meatball with green chile verde and thai pork meatball with ginger-soy barbecue. Other new menu items debuting at Chase Field include Chicken Tacos and the Ten Pack Taco; delicious vegan options featuring Sloppy Jane and Chilled Vegan Burritos; ballpark must-haves including Candy Shop Popcorn, Gourmet Pretzel Twists and Crispy Potatoes; and the Short Rib Smasher and BBQ Short Rib Dog.

As part of the D-backs Digital Experience at the ballpark, nine concession locations at Chase Field will now offer fans the opportunity to order concession items from their smartphone during the 2012 season.  Fans can order ahead and skip the line by downloading the free MLB.com At The Ballpark app. For the first time ever at Chase Field, fans will also be able to customize their Subway sandwiches this season by using this app.  The locations that will offer mobile ordering are the Red Hot Stands at Sections 105, 118, 126 and 139, Doubleheaders at Sections 305, 316 and 324 and Subway at Sections 125 and 306.

Technological advances will not only enhance the culinary experience at Chase Field, but will continue to improve the viewing experience as well. Once again Digital D-backs is available to fans for free in the ballpark via AT&T Wi-Fi and allows them to watch replays on-demand from their seats, as well as receive up-to-the-minute gameday and ballpark information.

For the first time ever at Chase Field, D-backs fans now have the option to receive their tickets utilizing D-backs FanPass. By choosing this option when purchasing single-game tickets, fans avoid the stop at the box office and can go straight to the gate when arriving for the game. D-backs FanPass allows fans to store their tickets on their credit card and swipe at the gate for entry. A seat locator will be printed for each fan to direct them to their seats.

Season ticket holders who have come to expect the best customer service in all of sports from the D-backs’ Guest Service Representatives will enjoy a newly designed Season Ticket Sales and Service Headquarters at Section 111. This area of the ballpark, created to serve as a one-stop hub for season ticket holders, will feature new flooring, cabinetry and four new video boards that will provide customized messages for D-backs season ticket holders.

All fans will notice seven additional kiosks around the ballpark where they can activate their fan loyalty cards and enter to participate in various popular stadium activities including KachingKo presented by Gila River Casinos and the Circle K Hot Dog Derby. In addition, fans will now be able to sign up for the D-backs Designated Driver Program at any of the 16 kiosks located throughout Chase Field.

In right field, a new Circle K strikeout meter has been installed while other dynamic signage and LED boards will be evident throughout Chase Field.

At merchandise stands throughout the ballpark, fans will find their favorite items from years past, from jerseys and t-shirts to caps and casual wear. An expanded presence of Victoria’s Secret PINK line of products will highlight the new offerings in the main Team Shop on the lower concourse.

Finally, the addition of new technology will help give fans a chance to give back to the community and have the opportunity to win the 50/50 raffle at Chase Field. For every home game, fans can purchase raffle tickets for $2 each, three tickets for $5, seven tickets for $10 and 15 tickets for $20. One lucky fan will take home half the net proceeds from that game’s raffle ticket sales, with the other half benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans will be able to watch the 50/50 jackpot total on dbTV, with up-to-the-second updates appearing for the rapidly rising jackpot.

For more information on Chase Field, visit their website at azchasefield.com.