Yankees Homecoming Dinner set for April 12

Yankees Homecoming Dinner set for April 12

Yankees Homecoming Dinner set for April 12
The 33rd annual Yankees Homecoming Dinner will take place April 12 in New York, as fans can welcome the team back to the Big Apple on the eve of the Yankees' home opener against the Angels.

Players, coaches, ownership, front-office personnel and former Yankees greats will attend, with all proceeds from the event benefiting the New York Yankees Foundation.

Recently-retired catcher Jorge Posada and longtime head athletic trainer Gene Monahan will be honored at the dinner.

Posada, who retired in January after 17 seasons with the Yankees, will receive this year's Pride of the Yankees Award. During his time in pinstripes, Posada hit .273 with 275 career home runs while helping lead the Yankees to four World Series titles.

Monahan, who retired following the 2011 season, began his 50-year career with the Yankees as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant during Spring Training in 1962. At the time of his retirement, Monahan was the longest-tenured employee in the organization and the longest-tenured head athletic trainer in the Majors.

There are several different table packages available, as well as two different individual-ticket options for the event, which begins at 5 p.m. ET with a cocktail reception followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Prices range from $900-$50,000, with all proceeds going to the charitable initiatives of the New York Yankees Foundation, which includes national charities, supports various national and worldwide disasters and local initiatives.

"[The Yankees Homecoming Dinner] welcomes the team back to New York and it's the celebration of a brand new baseball season," Yankees senior vice president of marketing Debbie Tymon said. "With the entire team present you'll welcome home Yankee heroes, but you'll also get to know new members. It's a great celebration of baseball and the primary fundraiser of the New York Yankees Foundation. It's a great time that raises a lot of money for good charities."

Table package options include:

• The $50,000 "Champions Package" includes a premier table for 10, early entry to the pre-dinner reception with the Yankees at 4:30 p.m., 10 tickets for the home opener, four tickets for the 2012 Old Timers' Day game on July 1, an invitation for four to be the Yankees' personal guests in a party suite on July 30 against the Orioles, a commemorative, one-of-a-kind Posada collectible piece for each of the 10 guests and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lucky boy or girl between the ages of 7-14 that begins with an on-field visit prior to a game.

• The $35,000 "Grand Slam Package" includes a premier table for 10, early entry to the pre-dinner reception with the Yankees at 4:30 p.m., 10 tickets for the home opener, four tickets for the 2012 Old Timers' Day game on July 1, an invitation for four to be the Yankees' personal guests in a party suite on July 30 against the Orioles and a commemorative, one-of-a-kind Posada collectible piece for each of the 10 guests.

• The $15,000 "Home Run Package" includes a prime table for 10, invitations for 10 to join the reception with the Yankees at 5 p.m., 10 tickets for the home opener, four tickets for the 2012 Old Timers' Day game on July 1, an invitation for two to be the Yankees' personal guests in a party suite on July 30 against the Orioles.

• The $8,500 "Slugger Package" includes a table for 10, invitations to a pre-dinner cocktail reception with Yankees legends and 10 tickets to the home opener.

Individual ticket options are:

• The $1,500 "MVP Ticket" includes one ticket to the dinner, an invitation to the reception with the Yankees at 5 p.m. and a ticket to the home opener.

• The $900 "Designated Hitter Ticket" includes one ticket to the dinner, an invitation to a pre-dinner reception with Yankees legends and a ticket to the home opener.

For more information contact the Homecoming Dinner office at 212-843-1758 or by clicking here.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.