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The Wood River Baseball Association has partnered with the Warfield Distillery and Brewery for a unique fundraiser.
Award-winning chef Jay Veregge creates a four-course dining experience with two tables seating up to 12 diners. The meal he intends to prepare is not available on the regular menu.
Bidding for each table starts at $1,000, through April 30. The date of the dinner will be set by the winner(s) and the Warfield. Interested parties can bid online at www.woodriverbaseball.com or contact Kati Freytag with Wood River Baseball at [email protected]
Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Wood River Baseball Association’s 2022 season, including travel to tournaments to face elite teams in Idaho, Utah and Nevada.
“I want to see Wood River Baseball succeed because I love seeing our young people raised properly with confidence and integrity,” said Veregge, who received the James Beard Award when he was executive chef at the hotel’s Portobello and Tadich Grill. Donatello in San Francisco. . “I believe in the Wood River program and that we are moving in the right direction and I want to help support that.”
The Wood River Baseball Association has served Wood River Valley youth ages 9-19 for decades. The association is run by volunteers with the idea of teaching players not only the love of baseball, but also how to become better citizens and how to grow through teamwork to learn how to compete at a higher level.
Players must try to earn a spot on one of six teams, which go by names like Mustangs, Colts, Rough Riders, and Desperados, and participate in the community.
The association also raises funds to purchase an on-field grooming machine to keep local baseball diamonds in top condition. They raised about half of the $8,000 needed to do this.