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Suns seeking heroes

May 23, 2002|BY DAN KULIN and JULIE GREENE

dank@herald-mail.com - julieg@herald-mail.com

Heroes can be made by doing something dramatic or by doing all the little things, being dependable.

Whether it's a child's faith in a parent or a person's gratefulness to another for a life-saving measure, the Hagerstown Suns want to know about it.

The Suns are asking the public to nominate the final three community heroes, who are to be honored at Suns games this season. The team has already honored Hagerstown firefighters and police officers.

The minor league baseball club also will hold a day of remembrance on Sept. 11, officials said Wednesday.

The Sept. 11 event will include performances by community bands, a moment of silence and fireworks, Suns General Manager Kurt Landes said.

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The five community heroes recognized in this Suns promotion will be invited back to be honored again during the day of remembrance event. The event will be held at Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium, which is the Suns home field.

The Suns, a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are not scheduled to play a game on Sept. 11, but the Suns could be playing if the team makes the playoffs, Landes said.

Community heroes is a Suns promotion in which the team recognizes outstanding groups or individuals. This promotion is being sponsored by local Waffle House restaurants and Hub Labels.

Hub Labels has made window stickers of the first two groups of heroes. Those stickers were distributed at Suns games on the days the heroes were honored and are available at Waffle House restaurants, Landes said.

Stickers will be made featuring the final three heroes in action, Landes said. Those stickers will be distributed at the Suns games on the days those heroes are honored and will be available at area Waffle Houses starting then.

The final three heroes will be chosen from nominations submitted by the public. Representatives from the Suns, Waffle House and Hub Labels will pick the three heroes.

Nomination forms are available at Suns games and at Waffle House restaurants in Washington and Berkeley counties, said Darrell Fowler, owner of the five Waffle Houses in those counties.

The next community hero will be announced June 14, and the other two will be announced on July 28 and Aug. 27, Landes said.

Landes said the Suns are seeking volunteers to help with the Sept. 11 event. For more information contact the Suns at 301-791-6266 or Hagerstown's Public Information Manager Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, extension 116.

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