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More than 6,000 join LADF 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run

Photos: Mikey Williams/Los Angeles Dodgers

Photos: Mikey Williams/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Erin Edwards

This past Sunday, while Vin was getting ready to call his final game, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation was wrapping up its third annual New Balance Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K Run and Kids Fun Run, presented by Gazillion Bubbles at Dodger Stadium.

More than 6,000 runners participated in LADF’s three runs. Dodger Alumni League members Ron Cey, Dennis Powell and Matt Luke were on hand as grand marshals.

Top finishers

Jill Weisleder/Kos Angeles Dodgers

Jill Weisleder/Kos Angeles Dodgers

5K Female

  1. Roxanne Key (20:31)
  2. Michelle Sanchez (20:34)
  3. Blanca Cabral (20:52)

5K Male

  1. Justin Patananan (16:45)
  2. Louis Leon (17:30)
  3. Heherson Canta (17:43)
Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers

10K Female

  1. Nicole Miller (44:40)
  2. Yesenia Brockett (46:01)
  3. Lisa Okamoto (47:21)

10K Male

  1. Gefry Sarco (34:18)
  2. Justin Patananan (35:00)
  3. Salvador Salas (37:00)

Congrats to the top finishers and all who participated in this year’s race!

For more on LADF please visit dodgers.com/ladf and follow LADF on social media: Twitter (@DodgersFdn), Instagram (dodgersfoundation) and Facebook (LosAngelesDodgersFoundation). Also check out #LADFrun to see photos from the race.

Dodgers celebran el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Fernando Valenzuela at Darby Park Saturday August 20, 2016 in Inglewood,California. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Yvonne Carrasco 

En su última estancia en casa de la temporada regular, la cual comienza hoy dia, los Dodgers de Los Ángeles celebrarán el mes de la Herencia Hispana, una conmemoración anual que se observa a nivel nacional desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre. La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers, presentada por State Farm, Time Warner Cable y Coca-Cola, se realizará el sábado, 24 de septiembre (6:10 p.m. vs. COL) a partir de las 2:10 p.m. hasta las 6:00 p.m. en la histórica estación 76. Las rejas para los automóviles estarán abiertas y La Gran Fiesta comenzará a partir de las 2:10 p.m.

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers ofrecerá sesiones de autógrafos con narradores y jugadores del pasado y del presente, entre ellos Jesse Chávez, Jaime Jarrín, José de León, Julio Urías y Fernando Valenzuela. También habrá entretenimiento musical y obsequios de los socios de los Dodgers. Una lista completa y los horarios se anunciarán más adelante. Como parte de la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, antes del juego del sábado, aproximadamente a las 5:30 p.m., también habrá un acto de mariachi en el terreno por Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, que también cantará el himno nacional.

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Dodgers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at La Gran Fiesta

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Yvonne Carrasco

The Dodgers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual commemoration celebrated nationally through October 15, starting today and La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers presented by State Farm, Time Warner Cable and Coca-Cola takes place Saturday, September 24 (6:10 p.m. vs. COL) from 2:10 – 6:00 p.m. at the historic 76 station. Auto gates open and La Gran Fiesta begins at 2:10 p.m.

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers will feature autographs with broadcasters and current and former players including Jesse Chavez, José De León, Jaime Jarrín, Julio Urías and Fernando Valenzuela. It will also feature musical entertainment and giveaways from Dodger partners. A complete list and schedule will be announced later. Also in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, prior to Saturday’s game at approximately 5:30 p.m., a mariachi performance will take place on the field by Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez, who will also perform the national anthem.

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Adrian González nominated again for Clemente Award

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Adrian González is the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

This is the third time in the past four seasons that González has been the Dodgers’ nominee. In 2012 and 2014, Clayton Kershaw was the Dodger representative, and he went on to become the youngest ever to win the prestigious prize in 2012.

“The Adrian and Betsy González Foundation empowers underprivileged youth in many ways, from the awarding of college scholarships to pediatric cancer support to ballpark access to low-income families and field renovations in his native Tijuana,” MLB says in its official description.

Fans can vote for the overall winner on social media using hashtags beginning on Wednesday’s Roberto Clemente Day through October 2 — for Gonzalez, the hashtag is “#VoteAdrian.” More information will be available at mlb.com/clemente.

The full list of nominees follows:

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Stars (and stripes) for Kershaw at Ping Pong 4 Purpose

Thursday’s fourth annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose proved once again to be a happy and fun fundraiser for Kershaw’s Challenge. Here are some photo highlights on a night when Will Ferrell (wearing a Vic Davalillo jersey) was the emcee, Susan Sarandon was a special guest, Dennis Gilbert was the honoree, but Clayton Kershaw’s outfit was the star.

— Jon Weisman

Photos by Juan Ocampo

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ThinkCure! Weekend 2016 arrives Saturday-Sunday

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ThinkCure! Weekend 2016 takes place this Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, at Dodger Stadium, when the Dodgers host the Pirates. All support from ThinkCure! Weekend goes to City of Hope, a world leader in cancer and diabetes research and treatment.

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Ping Pong 4 Purpose returns August 11 to aid Kershaw’s Challenge

Audrey Van Slyke, Eric Stonestreet, Scott Van Slyke and Clayton Kershaw at the 2015 Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Audrey Van Slyke, Eric Stonestreet, Scott Van Slyke and Clayton Kershaw at the 2015 Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Ping_Pong_for_Purpose_Logo_2015copyBy Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw’s back isn’t back, but his service for the community remains front and center.

The fourth annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event, benefiting Kershaw’s Challenge, will take place August 11 at Dodger Stadium.

Will Ferrell will co-host the celebrity ping-pong tournament with Kershaw and his wife Ellen. The night will feature past and present Dodger players, as well celebrity guests scheduled to include Susan Sarandon, Eric Stonestreet, George Lopez, Anthony Anderson, Mike Epps, Rob Riggle, Omar Miller, Claire Holt, Troy Garity, Mario Lopez, Emily Osment, Becca Tilley, Ben Lyons, Diplo, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar.

The evening’s top honoree will be Dennis Gilbert, the former agent and founder of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.

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A landslide of emotion for Vin Scully at LADF gala

How's this for a photo op? Vin meets Stevie Nicks backstage. #LADFGala 📷: @jon.soohoo

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By Jon Weisman

Stevie Nicks said she was backstage Thursday during the Los Angeles Dodger Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala when she began to think about time. Nicks started performing with Mick Fleetwood nearly 50 years ago, and the years were something to contemplate.

And then her thoughts turned to Vin Scully, the night’s honoree whom the members of Fleetwood Mac met before their performance began, and his 67 seasons of service to the Dodgers, and she was blown away.

Nicks then dedicated the ballad “Landslide” to the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame announcer.

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too

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Dodger family serves at Downtown Women’s Center

Dodger significant others volunteered for a day of service Wednesday at the Downtown Women’s Center, which aims to combat homelessness with living arrangements, food and job connections. Read more about it in Jack Baer’s story for MLB.com.

— Jon Weisman

Dodgers’ significant others lead significant fundraiser

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Erin Edwards

If you attended Sunday’s Dodger game and walked by the Vin Scully Press Box, Loge Section 103 or the Left Field Plaza, chances are you heard fans screaming with excitement.

The screaming wasn’t only because the Dodgers were beating the Padres, but also because hundreds of fans were filled with joy thanks to the autographed baseballs they picked from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s second-annual Spouses Mystery Bag Fundraiser.

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