01/27/2010 5:52 PM ET
Dodgers annual Community Caravan to travel throughout Los Angeles next week
Caravan presented by USC University Hospital set for Monday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 3
LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers set off on their 7th annual Community Caravan next Monday, February 1 through Wednesday February 3. This year's Dodgers Community Caravan will visit several communities in greater Los Angeles and feature more public stops than ever before.
Among those joining the three-day caravan are current Dodgers Andre Ethier, Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Kemp, James McDonald and Ramon Troncoso, Dodger greats Fernando Valenzuela, Kenny Landreaux, Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Tommy Davis, Dodger Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda, Dodger Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín and Dodger broadcasters Charley Steiner and Eric Collins. The annual Community Caravan will offer fans throughout greater Los Angeles opportunities to meet, interact with and get autographs from Dodgers past and present.
Monday, February 1 (Closed to the Public)
The Dodgers Community Caravan begins with a visit to USC University Hospital, the Official Hospital of the Los Angeles Dodgers, from noon to 2 p.m. Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner will welcome guests and Dodger greats Don Newcombe, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda will join hospital employees for an ice cream social. Guests will also enjoy Dodger dogs provided by Farmer John.
Tuesday, February 2
Dodgers Andre Ethier and Hiroki Kuroda and former Dodgers Kenny Landreaux, Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo and Tommy Davis and Dodger broadcaster Eric Collins are among those who will be on hand for day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan.
10 a.m. to Noon - City of Hope (Dodger partner in ThinkCure!)
1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte
(Private visits with patients)
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. - Trader Joe's - Hastings Ranch
467 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena
Dodger players and legends will load up their grocery carts in 30 seconds with as many items as possible. Items will be donated on behalf of Trader Joe's to the LA Regional Food Bank.
(Open to the public, but fans are asked not to solicit autographs)
3:15 to 4:15 p.m. - Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication Ceremony
Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club
2635 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles
Dodger players and legends will join youngsters from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club for the dedication of the 9th Dodgers Dreamfield. The kids will then participate in the field's first clinic where they will learn the fundamentals of baseball.
(Open to the public for the dedication. The clinic is for Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club youth only. Fans are asked to not solicit autographs at this event)
5 to 6:30 p.m. - ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE Downtown Los Angeles
Located across from Staples Center
1011 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles
Dodger players and legends will be on hand for an autograph session. Autographs are available to the first 150 fans in two lines. The first 80 fans in line will also get the chance to have priority seating for dinner in the screening room where the autograph signing will be held. Guests will be seated in groups of four. Diners must spend $20 each on food and beverages, will receive a $25 game card and be the first to get autographs at 5 p.m. KABC 790 AM will be on hand.
7 p.m. - Ceremonial Puck Drop
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. L.A. Kings game versus the New York Rangers, outfielder Andre Ethier will head to Staples Center to take part in the ceremonial puck drop.
(Open to the public. Parking information can be found at www.lalive.com)
Wednesday, February 3
Dodgers Matt Kemp, James McDonald and Ramon Troncoso, Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela, Dodger Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, Dodger Spanish-language broadcaster Pepe Yñiguez and Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner will be on hand for day three of the Dodgers Community Caravan.
10 a.m. to Noon - Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (Dodger partner in ThinkCure!)
4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
(Private visits with patients)
12:30 to 2 p.m. - Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles
5006 West Pico Blvd. (near La Brea), Los Angeles
Dodger players and legends will lunch at Roscoe's among customers.
(Open to the public. Fans are asked to not solicit autographs at this event)
3 to 4:15 p.m. - Best Buy, Westfield Culver City Mall
6000 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1240, Culver City
Fans will get the chance to play video games against Dodger players and legends. Customers can take photographs with players and get autographs.
5 to 6:15 p.m. - Dodger Rally at Olvera Street
East Cesar Chavez Ave. and Olvera St., Los Angeles
Dodger players and legends will be on hand for an autograph session . Fans will be asked to join two autograph lines and the first 150 fans in each line will get an autograph. KHJ La Ranchera 930 AM will be on site.
(Open to the public. Parking is $8 at adjacent lots and Union Station is located across the street)
• All featured guests subject to change
• All times listed as "Open to the public" and "Open to customers" events may vary slightly
The open to the public events provide fans with the best opportunities to meet players and receive autographs. The Dodgers will limit the number of autographs each fan receives to ensure as many fans are accommodated as possible. Autographs are not guaranteed and for stops with various Dodger players and legends, fans are not guaranteed autographs from every featured Dodger. The Dodgers will also hand out a limited number of promotional items and ticket vouchers to fans in attendance at Trader Joe's, the Dodgers Dreamfield dedication ceremony at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, Best Buy at the Westfield Culver City Mall and Olvera Street.
The Dodgers and the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF) assisted more than 3,800 charitable organizations in 2009. More than 100,000 tickets were donated, yet another Dodgers Dreamfield was built, and former and current players made more than 450 appearances in the community. More information on the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the club's charitable endeavors can be found at dodgers.com/community.