LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (August 15, 2017) – The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Dodgers All-Access at Dodger Stadium, Monday, August 14, 2017. This officially sanctioned Dodger event afforded guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and welcomed over 400 Dodger fans.
The evening included a panel discussion with current and former Dodger players, coaches and executives. Guests had the opportunity to take batting practice in the Dodger Batting Cages, pitch in the Dodgers’ Bullpen, tour the iconic stadium, call play-by-play action on historic Dodger moments, take photos throughout the stadium with current and alumni legends, bid on Dodgers memorabilia in the silent auction and enjoy a dinner on the infield.
The program included two panel discussions. Dodger manager Dave Roberts, Dodger President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and Dodger General Manager Farhan Zaidi participated in the first panel discussion, “The Business Perspective”. To close out the evening, former Dodgers first basemen, Steve Garvey, former first baseman Eric Karros and current first baseman, Cody Bellinger took part in an exclusive interview with emcees,John Hartung (SportsNet LA anchor) and Orel Hershiser (former Cy Young winner and World Series MVP).
Additional Dodger personnel, players and legends who participated included former third baseman Ron Cey; SportsNetLA broadcaster and former General Manager, Ned Colletti; former outfielder Mickey Hatcher; catcher Austin Barnes; AM570 LA Sports broadcaster, Kevin Kennedy; Dodgers Special Advisor to the Chairman and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda; broadcaster, Rick Monday; outfielder, Joc Pederson; organist, Dieter Ruehle; former shortstop, coach and manager, Bill Russell; third baseman Justin Turner; former pitcher and Spanish broadcaster, Fernando Valenzuela and former catcher and current coach Steve Yeager;
“What a great time to be hosting an event with the Dodgers,” said LASEC president Kathryn Schloessman. “These players are special and our guests had the opportunity to meet, greet and take photos with their favorite players.”
Confirmed sponsors included (in alphabetical order) All-Valley Washer Service, American Airlines, Bill Kamer, California Resources Corporation, Capital Brands, Classic Party Rentals, Cytosport, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Farmer John, Greenberg Glusker LLP, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., Hyundai, Iron Horse Vineyards, Jano Graphics, Jet Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, LBA Realty, Majestic Realty Co./Pacific Palms Resort, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce, Inc., Member Planet, Muscle Milk, NIKE, Nutribullet, Northwestern Mutual, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Qualcomm, Rent A Wheel – Rent A Tire, Roy P. Disney, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, Western Asset Management Company, Westfield and Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Proceeds from the event were split between the Dodger Foundation and LASEC. LASEC partners with the City of Los Angeles to bring major sporting and entertainment events to Los Angeles, like the NBA All-Star, the GRAMMY Awards, the Final Four, the Super Bowl and many others. These events have a significant economic impact on the local economy and continue to spotlight Los Angeles as the Entertainment Capital of the World. LASEC is a private nonprofit organization.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their primary focus is to strengthen and support their key cornerstone programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy in health and wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, their mission is to harness the power of their brand and the passion their fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities.