CINCINNATI (Dec. 11, 2012) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC drew 22,683 fans Dec. 7 and 8 the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Proceeds from Redsfest will benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
“We make Redsfest bigger and better every year as a tribute to our fans, who are the best fans in all of baseball,” said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. “It’s their chance to connect with our players off the field, plus gets our players and coaches invigorated for the upcoming season.”
Highlights from Redsfest include:
- Over 70 current and former players, coaches and broadcasters participated in autograph sessions, photograph booths, Main Stage events, kids-only press conferences and much more.
- An expanded Reds Heads Kids Zone on the third floor featured trampolines, magicians, bounce houses, kids story times and interactive games.
- Brandon Phillips received the Ernie Lombardi Award as Reds MVP for the third time in his career, Johnny Cueto won his second Johnny Vander Meer Outstanding Pitcher Award and Bronson Arroyo took home his fourth Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award.
- Billy Hamilton won the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Minor League Player of the Year for the second time.
- UC basketball fan favorite John Meeker teamed with Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year Steve Selsky to win the Celebrity Wiffle® Ball Home Run Contest.
- Dan Plettner of Batavia outlasted over 575 poker players to win first place in the seventh annual Reds Community Fund Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournament.
$11,000 donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
- In response to Todd Frazier’s efforts to raise money for his hometown of Toms River, New Jersey that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Reds fans donated $1,788 at Redsfest. With an additional donation from the Reds Community Fund, a total of $11,000 will be split equally between the Presbyterian Church of Toms River and the Toms River East Little League.
$9,000 raised from Reds Corn Maze
- Bill Irons from the Irons Fruit Farm presented a check to the Reds Community Fund for $9,000 at Redsfest. Bill pledged to donate one dollar from each paid admission to the Reds-themed corn maze at his family farm in Lebanon this fall.