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22nd Annual Celebrity Breakfast June 10th

April 25, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Danbury Westerners News Release

DANBURY, CT: The Danbury Westerners, the longest tenured team in the prestigious ("NECBL") New England Collegiate Baseball League, are proud to announce that they will be holding their 22nd Annual Celebrity Breakfast on June 10th at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. The Annual Celebrity Breakfast welcomes the 2016 Danbury Westerners to the greater Western Connecticut community. The team is led by Josh Parrow, the new Danbury Westerner field manager who currently is also the pitching coach at Bridgeport University. In addition, the Westerners are thrilled to announce that George Foster, the 1977 National League MVP, two-time World Series Champion and former NECBL Baseball Commissioner, will be the celebrity breakfast keynote speaker.

Over his 18 year long career, Foster spent time with several MLB organizations including the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and the Chicago White Sox. Foster slugged 348 home runs during his illustrious career, and was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1977. A five time All-Star, Foster is perhaps best known as a part of the "Big Red Machine," which won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975-1976. He led the NL in home runs in 1977 with 52 and in 1978 with 40 home runs. After Foster retired in 1986 he remained active in baseball, and became a founding member of the NECBL. In 1994, George Foster also served as the inaugural commissioner of the NECBL.

At the Celebrity Breakfast, the Danbury Westerners will also present the annual "Michael Seri Award" in honor of the late Michael Seri, for his dedication and sportsmanship, and perpetuating community partnerships. This year's recipient is Joseph Consentino, a St. John's University baseball alumnus who founded the NECBL in 1994. Consentino, a former player in the Boston Red Sox organization is a longtime Ridgefield, CT resident. In Ridgefield, he established and coached the Ridgefield Nighthawk Travel Team as well as the American Legion Baseball program. Consentino, a NECBL Hall of Fame inductee, is also an award winning TV film producer/director and the recipient of three television EMMY Awards, an Academy Award "Short Film" nomination, the Toronto HOT DOCS Award and numerous TELLY and CABLE ACE television documentary awards.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Tables of 10 for this event are $350, and can be secured online at www.danburywesterners.com or by mail to PO Box 3828, Danbury CT 06813. Sponsorship opportunities are available; for additional information please contact Paul Schaffer at 203-241-4655.

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