Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards Salutes Chicago's Sports Stars at Annual Dinner Benefiting the March of Dimes

Jan 26, 2010, 12:11 ET from The March of Dimes

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some of Chicago's best-known professional athletes will receive honors at the 22nd Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards presented by Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning to benefit the March of Dimes on Thursday, February 11 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Local radio legend and personality Steve Dahl will emcee.

This year's honorees include: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks), John Salmons (Bulls), Ryan Dempster (Cubs), A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox), Alex Brown (Bears) and Jon Busch (Fire).  Also, Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox legend, is this year's "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient.  This year's "Farmers Insurance Inspirational Athlete" award winner is 19-year-old Maribel Melendez, who has persevered as an athlete, student, and mentor, despite being born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Daniel C. Ustian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Navistar International Corporation, is the honorary chair of this year's event. William T. Barry, Senior Vice President of Draper & Kramer is the event's chairman and James J. Corno is the president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  Sponsors include Farmers Insurance, Draper & Kramer and Grubb & Ellis.

The event will begin with a reception at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.  The awards ceremony, which will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet in HD, starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $300 per person. For tickets, please call (312) 596-4722 or visit and click on the "Sports Awards" link for complete event details and ticket/table sales.

The online auction starts January 25 and runs until noon February 5, 2010. Sports fans have the opportunity to bid on autographed jerseys, sports packages and other memorabilia without being present at the awards ceremony.  Visit the online auction now at  

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  For the latest resources and information, visit or 

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