Jan. 18, 2014
DeKALB, Ill. - The annual Northern Illlinois baseball Leadoff Banquet will be held Sunday January 26, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Blumen Gardens in nearby Sycamore. The event will be an opportunity to meet and greet with Huskie players and coaches, and will also serve as a celebration for the 2013 Mid-American Conference West Division Champion Huskies.
"We're excited about this year's banquet," said Head Coach Ed Mathey, "after a successful banquet last year locally, we decided to keep it close to home again at Blumen Gardens. It's a nice fit for us and a neat spot for a banquet. Our friends at Buona Catering and PJ's Tavern took care of last year and they'll be on site again, handling the meal and cash bar for us again this year. This event is great way for our program to engage with families, local fans and alumni."
The Huskies will welcome special guest speaker Al Carius, Head Cross Country Coach and Associate Track and Field Coach at North Central College, who has won 25 Division III National Championships in 48 years at the helm of the Cardinals track and cross country programs.
"Al has been a great friend over the years, starting as a teacher of mine at North Central and later on as a colleague at NCC," continued Mathey. "He's had a lot of success as a coach over the years at North Central and I think his message will be a good one for guests and players to hear. There aren't a lot of coaches out there that have had as much success as Al has had for a prolonged period of time."
Along with Carius, NIU will also be holding a silent auction during the banquet with all proceeds going to the baseball program. Items up for auction include an autographed baseball bat by Class of 2014 Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, a Patrick Sharp autographed jersey, a Paul Konerko autographed bat, dinner for four and tickets to a White Sox game, Cleveland Indian's tickets good for a road game in Chicago or in Cleveland as well as gift certificates to various local restaurants and other great items. A live auction will be held at the end for an autographed team poster, commemorating the 2013 MAC West Championship.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $60 through the NIU baseball office by 4 p.m. on Wednesday January 22nd and can also be bought at the door upon entrance. To RSVP or for questions, call or email Assistant Coach Tom Carcione
at (815) 753-0147 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The doors to the event will open at 3:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 4:30 p.m.
Credit cards will be accepted for reservations. Blumen Gardens is located in Sycamore at 403 Edward St, 60178.
2014 Baseball Leadoff Banquet
Sunday, January 26, 2014