FIRST Night at the Phillies (2011)

FIRST President, Dave Scholl, on the HD
 Scoreboard in FIRST's video.
FIRST's Night at the Phillies was a tremendous success!

The weather was cold and windy, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of everyone in attendance.
FIRST member, Ryan Licursi ready to throw out the first pitch.


FIRST's video was seen on the HD scoreboard and generated awareness to the sold-out crowd of 44,123, of which approximately 25,000 were in their seats when the video was shown just before the start of the game. After our video, FIRST member Ryan Licursi won the opportunity to throw out the first pitch to the Philly Phanatic. FIRST’s name also appeared on the scrolling sidebars throughout the entire game.
 
In addition, the FIRST’s seats in the 400 level provided a fantastic view of the Philadelphia skyline. From this vantage point, our message on the PECO Building crown lights was visible during the entire game.
 
Prior to the game, several participants were treated to a personal meeting with Phillies closer, Brad Lidge. Brad went to college with Justin Scholl, son of FIRST President, Dave Scholl. Justin was kind enough to ask for Brad’s participation, and Brad graciously agreed. He signed autographs, took photos and answered questions from our group. He even offered some pitching techniques!
 
In the parking lot before game time, the Licursi family hosted a pre-game tailgate with approximately 50 friends and family members joining the fun.  There was great food, games, and a fun-filled atmosphere as everyone was looking forward to the game.  Many thanks to the Licursi family for their outstanding efforts promoting our event to family and friends.

Also active in promoting the evening was the Kass family.  More than 50 friends and family members supported our event.  Thank you so much for your hard work on our behalf.
 
FIRST extends many thanks to the all of our volunteers who spread the word and sold so many tickets to friends and family members. We could not have done this without your help.



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