We’re taking reservations for the Tenth Annual Newberg Report Night at Globe Life Park, which will be on Wednesday, August 13, when Texas plays Game Three of a four-game set against Tampa Bay. This year our event will benefit the Richard Durrett Family Fund.
Newberg Report Night will include our usual extensive pre-game program in the Hall of Fame Theater, featuring a roundtable Q&A with Rangers Senior Special Assistant to the GM Don Welke, national sports injury expert Will Carroll, the Newberg Report’s own Scott Lucas, and local minor league junkie Tepid Participation, followed by our annual Q&A session with Rangers GM Jon Daniels, plus our yearly memorabilia raffle/auction, conducted by a local professional auctioneer.
There are several different price point options to attend:
We typically have about 300-350 people attend this event every year. Once we reach Hall of Fame Theater capacity, we’ll have to close registration (though we can continue to sell spots for the game only). For the last couple Newberg Report Nights, we sold the event out in less than 24 hours, and while I wouldn’t necessarily expect the same sort of rush since we’re having to hold the event on a weekday this year, I can’t promise it won’t sell out that quickly, and I would strongly recommend that you make your reservations as soon as you know you’ll be attending.
Kids are welcome.
Here’s what we tentatively have planned (the details tend to get better as we get closer to the event):
3:00 Doors open
We’ll gather in the Hall of Fame Theater. You’ll get your game tickets once you enter the front lobby of the Hall of Fame — no need to go to Will Call or anywhere else.
You’ll have the opportunity in the lobby to make a donation to our designated charity, which this year will be the Richard Durrett Family Fund, which has been established to support the family of the long-time local sportswriter, who covered the Rangers beat for more than a decade before passing away suddenly at the age of 38 in June, leaving behind an expecting wife and two children. You may donate any amount; for every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for a memorabilia raffle we’ll have during the event.
As usual, I would recommend getting there as early as you can in order to get a good spot in the auditorium. Some of you will have to stand — the theater capacity includes not only the room’s 235 permanent seats but also extra folding chairs (not pictured below) and standing room.
3:30 Roundtable Q&A featuring Don Welke, Will Carroll, Scott Lucas, and Tepid Participation
As the theater fills up, Don and Will and Scott and “Tepid P” will field your questions on Rangers prospects, sports injuries, Don’s legendary contributions to the game, Scott’s least favorite spots along Route 66, and whatever else is on your mind. These are really smart baseball guys with an 80-grade sense of humor (maybe 70 in Tepid’s case). Should be fun.
4:30 Raffle/auction, charitable presentation
As we’ve always done, we use this event to raise money for charitable efforts, including through your purchase of raffle tickets that day. For every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for the raffle. Whoever makes the largest donation at the event will get his or her choice of any of the raffle prizes. The remaining prizes will be raffled off.
We’ll then also have a bunch of special items (including signed bats, game-used caps and batting gloves, signed baseballs, upcoming game tickets, “experiences” with local media members, and other cool stuff) to put up for a quick live auction, presided over by award-winning local auctioneer Bret Richards.
After the auction we’ll make a quick charitable presentation. Richard's wife Kelly Durrett will address the group.
5:00 Jon Daniels Q&A
Rangers GM Jon Daniels will join us, as he has the nine previous Newberg Report Nights, for a lengthy Q&A session. The fact that the event is shortly after the conventional trade deadline makes the possibilities even cooler, and if you’ve ever been to one of our events, you know how extraordinarily open and honest JD is with his answers. This is a really unique opportunity, one of my favorite days on the baseball calendar every year — and as JD has told us in the past, one of his as well.
Jon is expected to arrive at 5:00 and take your questions in the theater for about an hour and 20 minutes.
6:30 To the game
At about 6:30, we’ll conclude in the theater and head to the seats/suites for the 7:05 first pitch. (Again, you’ll pick your game tickets up just inside the Hall of Fame entrance when you arrive.)
Please sign up and pay as soon as you know you’ll be coming. Spots are first come, first served — your spot is only locked in once I receive payment — and again, the last couple years we sold out in less than 24 hours.
The cost, once again, is $40 (pre-game plus Upper Reserved ticket) or $200 (pre-game plus suite ticket), and you can pay in one of two ways:
Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C.
1601 Elm Street, Suite 4100
Dallas, TX 75201
If you’re paying by check, I’d recommend mailing it right away so the event doesn’t close before your payment arrives. [AUGUST 11 NOTE: Probably too late at this point to rely on the mail.]
If you’re buying multiple tickets, I don’t need to know every attendee’s name, but if you’re paying separately from someone you want to sit with for the game (whether in seats or a suite), let me know their names in an email or in a note with your payment (PayPal or check). The suites hold 20 people each, so if you have a group (of anywhere between two of you and 20 of you), just let me know so I can be sure to put you together in the same suite . . . but you can certainly buy one suite ticket as well.
One last thing: Just like the last two years, we’re opening up sponsorship opportunities for the event. There are $500 and $1,000 sponsorship levels, both of which include two suite tickets and an autographed Bound Edition (year of your choice). At the $500 and $1,000 levels you will get mentions in all event-related email; at the $1,000 level you will also get mentions in Twitter blasts and in the 2015 Bound Edition.
If you or your business might be interested, give me a shout.
Let me know if you have questions. And let’s raise a lot for Richard’s family.