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  • Friday, April 06, 2018

    Monroe County Legion Hosts 90th Annual Dinner for Rochester Ball Team

    The Rochester Red Wings International League baseball team has always been a mainstay of the Greater Rochester community. The team has been in existence since 1899, and in 1929 the Monroe County American Legion began a tradition of hosting a dinner each year to welcome the team to Rochester just prior to the start of its new season. On April 3, 2018, the Monroe County Committee of the American Legion hosted the 90th Dinner at the Double Tree Hotel with some 425 people in attendance.

    Monroe County Color Guard

    Monroe County Color Guard, having just posted the colors.

    That’s “a very common attendance level for this event,” noted Monroe County Adjutant Rene Vanmulen, who has chaired the event for the past ten years.

    The program got underway with the presentation of colors by the Monroe County American Legion Color Guard called by County Commander Chuck Zeiner, the singing of our National Anthem and an invocation by County Chaplain Connie Corwin.

    Attendees that reserve a full table of ten may request a player to join them. With 24 players on the roster each year, those 24 tables are sold out annually.

    “It’s a most enjoyable evening that the Red Wings staff, the players and the baseball fans look forward to year after year,” Vanmulen said.

    Head table at Red Wings dinner.

    Head table included, from top row, left to right, Event Chairman Rene Vanmulem,
    Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason, Red Wings President & CEO Naomi Silver, Red Wings Broadcastng Director Josh Whetzel, Red Wings Board Chairman Gary Larder, and Jennifer Skinner and her husband, Red Wings Field Manager Joel Skinner.