The Braves 400 Fan Club will host its annual winter banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, January 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center Hotel. This year’s Gameboree theme will be “Honoring Chipper Jones” with Chipper as the special guest. Current and former Braves players and coaches will pay tribute to Chipper and his Hall of Fame career. A gala reception, silent auction and raffle of Braves memorabilia begins at 5:00 with the awards dinner and program following at 6:30 PM.
In addition to “Honoring Chipper Jones,” a number of awards will be given by the Braves 400 Fan Club and the Atlanta Braves. The 2012 Metro Atlanta Player of the Year award will be presented to Matt Olson, who attended Parkview High School. Kyle Farmer from the University of Georgia will receive the Jason Varitek Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in Georgia award. Other 400 Fan Club awards include the Luke Appling Nostalgia Award to former Braves pitcher Gene Garber and the Ivan Allen, Jr. “Mr. Baseball” Award.
The Phil Niekro College Scholarships will be awarded to Shorter University and Point University. Awards for outstanding performances by Braves minor leaguers in 2012 will be presented to Todd Cunningham, J.R. Graham, Ernesto Mejia, and Luis Salazar.
Admission is by advance reservation only. The final deadline for purchase is January 20. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations should be made before January 13 to take advantage of our discounted pricing of $70 for members and $75 for non-members. After January 13, prices will increase to $75 for members and $80 for non-members. Admission includes dinner and a well-stocked goody bag. Make reservations on the Club’s website (www.braves400.org) or by mailing a check to the Braves 400 Club, P.O. Box 7689, Atlanta, GA 30357-0689. Further information is available on the Club’s website or on the Club’s hotline (770-416-4539).
The Braves 400 Fan Club, the official fan club of the Atlanta Braves, was formed in 1965, a full year before the Braves made their move from Milwaukee to Atlanta, and has been an integral part of the fan base for the Atlanta Braves ever since. The club is a non-profit organization supporting baseball at all levels—awarding baseball scholarships to Georgia colleges and recognizing Metro Atlanta high school all-stars, as well as minor and major league players in the Braves organization. Club members also take major and minor league trips and hold baseball events throughout the season, including luncheons and tailgates.