Fergie Jenkins Delights Central Alabama Fans

Two hundred and sixty sports and reading enthusiasts gathered in The Club in Homewood, Alabama for the 21st annual ABF Lead Off Dinner on March 15, 2022. After weathering two years of COVID-related isolation, ABF supporters enjoyed the extensive interview of ABF guest, Ferguson Jenkins by ABC 33/30 talent James Spann. Jenkins replaced Mitch Moreland, as the latter had to report for the lock-out shortened season.

Jenkins joins a number of ABF guests, Hank Aaron RIP, Tommy Lasorda RIP, Don Newcombe who played in the MLB before the era of large players’ salaries. Jenkins who pitched 267 nine-inning, complete games, of which 49 were shutouts, noted that he and his peers played for the comradery and the pleasure of playing “tough” at the highest competitive level each day of the season. His spirit filled the ballroom as he recounted his career highlights, as each guest wanted to be on Fergie’s team!

The 2022 event, as all other ABF Lead Off Dinners, supports the funding of ABF BASIC programming. This year, under the direction of our program director Casey Grammer, our after-school enrichments total six each week, and we are working to implement or partner in implementation five BASIC summer programs.

Our needs include the hiring of one reading teacher and four sports instructors. We also have begun to recruit students for the two ABF-run programs—Roebuck in East Birmingham and Pelham in Shelby County. For registration forms please click on the buttons.

The ABF, its board members and staff thank Fergie, MC James Spann, the ABF Development Commission planning group, our sponsors and the many individuals who support the ABF BASIC outreach through our events.

$5000- PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • Table for 8 in front of guest speaker
  • 8 tickets to VIP Cocktail Party-meet and receive photo with guest speaker
  • Name/Logo recognition in event program, all marketing materials and social media
  • All 8 guests to be first in line to meet and receive autographs from all featured player

$2500- PLATINUM SPONSOR

  • Table for 8 in front of guest speaker
  • 8 tickets to VIP Cocktail Party-meet and receive photo with guest speaker
  • Name/Logo recognition in event program, all marketing materials and social media

$1200-GOLD SPONSOR

  • Table for 8 in priority seating area
  • 2 Tickets to VIP Cocktail Party
  • Name/Logo recognition in event program, all marketing materials and social media

$750-BRONZE SPONSOR

  • Tickets for four
  • 2 Tickets to VIP Cocktail Party
  • Name/Logo recognition in event program

$150-INDIVIDUAL TICKETS