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4th annual 'Dinner for the Diamond' fundraiser April 18

Prescott High Baseball Boosters is gearing up for its fourth annual "Dinner for the Diamond" fundraiser from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. next Saturday, April 18, at the Tim's Auto Group's Toyota dealership showroom off Willow Creek Road.

Tickets cost $35 per person, and attendees must be at least 21 years old. All proceeds will benefit the Badgers' varsity baseball program so it can buy new uniforms, continue to make improvements to its home field, and dole out college/trade school scholarships.

Event organizer Jennifer Fairbairn said the evening will feature a happy hour/silent auction; a gourmet dinner made by chef Jim Cabral of Gabby's Kitchen; a live auction emceed by KPPV 106.7 FM's Ken Byers; a cash bar hosted by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles; and music and dancing from Prescott-based band Crossfire.

"It's a great way for folks to come enjoy their friends and other parents, and educators," she said.

A pre-dinner/cocktail hour will start at 5:30 p.m., at which time participants may view the silent auction items on display. Dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by the live auction during dessert.

Fairbairn said dinner raffle prizes will be given away throughout the evening. They include a $500 college/trade school scholarship, gift certificates and movie tickets, among other things.

Items from the silent auction will feature wine-and-cheese baskets, a vending machine, golf outings, dinner gift certificates, eight reserved seats for the 2015 PHS graduation commencement ceremony in May, etc.

Prizes from the live auction will include, among other things, a private movie screening inside the Picture Show at Frontier Village shopping center as well as eight reserved seats with seat-backings to the 2015 PHS graduation.

After dinner and before dancing starts, there will be a separate final drawing for what's being billed as the Tim's Auto Quad District Tacoma Truck School Fundraiser.

Donated prizes for the fundraiser include a new 2015 Toyota Tacoma truck from Tim's Toyota; $1,000 cash from Prescott Spas; $500 cash from Arturo's Family Mexican Restaurant; $250 cash from Custom Towing; and $100 cash from Mayer Truck and Auto.

Tickets will be available to buy for that drawing through 4 p.m. today, April 10, Fairbairn said, at Tim's Toyota, 1006 Commerce Drive. Five finalists' names will then be drawn. Each of those five people will receive two free tickets to Dinner for the Diamond, she added.

"We'll put the names back in a tumbler (at the dinner) and those five folks will find out what they won," Fairbairn said.

Fairbairn added that she appreciates the community's support for Dinner for the Diamond. She noted that the Prescott High softball team's booster club buys a table at the event to lend its support.

Fairbairn also thanked Prescott Area Young Professionals for its assistance with the event, as well as the contributions of mothers Kim Kelley, Elena Sanwick and Deanna Eder.

Dinner for the Diamond organizers hope to generate between $6,000 and $8,000 this year for PHS baseball.

To reserve tickets to Dinner for the Diamond, call Fairbairn at 928-460-3649 or send an email to: phs.badgerbaseball@gmail.com.

During the PHS baseball team's home game at 4 p.m. today, April 10, folks also may buy tickets at the snack bar. Admission to the game is free.

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