Festival Foods in De Pere will be hosting Major League Baseball pitcher Jason Berken on Saturday, January 8 from 10:00am-Noon. Please feel free to stop by as Jason will gladly take photos and sign autographs. Our hope is to help promote awareness for the Junior Achievement speaking engagement featuring Jason at the Meyer Theatre on January 12. Let’s help celebrate his success and his message!
For more information, here is the press release from Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.:
West De Pere native and MLB pitcher Jason Berken to speak in Green Bay to benefit Junior Achievement
Local baseball standout Jason Berken returns to Northeast Wisconsin to share his stories and experiences as a Major League Baseball pitcher. Berken will be appearing at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay from 6:30-8:00pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children 16 & under and go on sale December 8 at 11am at the Resch Center Box office, by phone at 494-3401 or toll free 800-895-0071 and on-line at www.ticketstaronline.com.
After graduating from West De Pere High School in 2002, Jason went on to play for nationally ranked Clemson University where he was a 3 time varsity letterman and elected as team captain twice. He was selected in the 6th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. After 2.5 minor league seasons, Jason made his MLB debut on May 26, 2009. In his rookie season, he compiled 119 innings over 24 starts – the 5th most starts by a rookie in Orioles franchise history. In 2010, Jason continued his success with the Orioles, posting a 3-3 record with a 3.03 ERA in 41 games pitched.
Jason continues to give back to the local community through youth mentorship and athletic programs that not only develop great athletes, but also highly regarded young adults. Jason’s presentation will explore the importance of setting goals, the commitment to excellence and his personal journey to the Major Leagues.
About Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.
Since 1941, Wisconsin students in kindergarten through 12th grade have been brought face to face with volunteers who have opened their eyes to business and economics. National studies confirm that Junior Achievement succeeds in affecting students’ lives, helps them to make better life choices and gain a greater comprehension of economic principles. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.-Brown County reached 10,000 local students during the 2009-2010 school year.
For more information, visit http://wisconsin.ja.org.