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David Ross AgentThe 2017 Evening of Stars has “hit a home run” with David Ross set to headline the 24th American Red Cross Evening of Stars on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Evening of Stars is the largest fundraiser to support the local Red Cross. Funds raised help the Red Cross provides critical services for our community including disaster response, blood donation, and support to our members and their families. The 2017 Evening of Stars is a signature event for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region Centennial Celebration. The event is at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Marriott in Uptown Normal.

Tickets are $150 each or guests can enjoy the Red Carpet Experience for just $500 and receive two tickets to Evening of Stars and the special Sponsor Reception held just prior to the event. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Red Cross at 309-662-0500. Online ticket sales start February 6, 2017 at redcross.org/EOStickets.

David Ross started his baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002 and has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. Although Ross was part of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox team in 2013, the career .229 hitter is best known for the two years he played with the Chicago Cubs culminating with the historic winning of the World Series in 2016 after a 108-year “goat-cursed” drought.

Affectionately nicknamed by his teammates as “Grandpa Rossy,” in Game 7 of the 2016 MLB World Series, David hit a home run making him the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7. Ross announced his retirement from major league play during the 2016 season, but the Chicago Cubs recently announced that Ross would transition from the field to the front office serving as special assistant to baseball operations.

“We are thrilled David Ross will travel to Central Illinois to help the American Red Cross celebrate 100 years of service,” said Evening of Stars Chairs Larry and Marlene Dietz. Just as the Red Cross touches millions of lives, David and the Chicago Cubs touched millions of hearts with their magical World Series run. We look forward to a great event in support of the American Red Cross.

Larry is president of Illinois State University and Marlene serves as First Lady at Illinois State University and is owner and president of Dynamic Leadership Development.

Watch David Ross Drill a Homerun during Game 7: