Courtesy: People Magazine and FOX Broadcasting Company
June 23, 2009
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MLB AND ‘PEOPLE’ ANNOUNCE FINALISTS FOR “ALL-STARS AMONG US”
Major League Baseball and PEOPLE today announced the 90 finalists and the beginning of the voting period for the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. This initiative is central to the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer program dedicated to charitable initiatives and recognition of the important role of community service.
The 90 finalists (three per MLB Club) have been selected from thousands of online submissions by fans across the nation who nominated an "All-Star" within their community. Fans can now log on to www.PeopleAllStars.com today through June 24 to vote for their favorite community "All-Star." All 30 winners will be included in the All-Star Week festivities in St. Louis and will attend and be honored as part of the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, televised nationally by FOX Sports with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET). One winning "All-Star Among Us" will be featured in PEOPLE the week of the All-Star Game.
For the last 35 years, PEOPLE has told stories of everyday ‘heroes' whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The "PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us" campaign extends the PEOPLE "Heroes Among Us" franchise.
The 90 finalists (summarized on the attached page) include inspirational stories of the selfless work of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to helping others and improving the lives of those around them.
"Major League Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "The ‘All-Stars Among Us' campaign embodies our commitment to recognizing the importance of giving back to the community as the focus of this year's All-Star Game. Major League Baseball is proud to partner with PEOPLE Magazine in recognizing these deserving ‘All-Stars.'"
"Celebrating the ‘Heroes Among Us' has been an important part of PEOPLE editorial throughout its 35-year history," said PEOPLE Managing Editor Larry Hackett. "43 million weekly readers look to PEOPLE for these stories of everyday individuals who dedicate their lives to making a difference." Time Inc Style & Entertainment Group President Paul Caine adds: "We are thrilled to partner with MLB to shine a spotlight on the inspiring work of these "All-Stars Among Us", and to salute these individuals in front of a nationwide audience."