D-backs to send everyday star to St. Louis
Trio of community heroes have chance to represent team
Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.
Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for Arizona:
* Bruce V. Petillo of Gilbert, Ariz. At age 4, Petillo's son was diagnosed with epilepsy and, understanding the financial challenges of caring for a seriously ill child, he started the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation to help other families. In a time of need, the foundation helps offset everyday living expenses so parents can focus on their child's health.
* David Hepburn of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the founder of Helping Hands Housing Services and works tirelessly to help the poor in Phoenix. His mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families by providing permanent, affordable housing and comprehensive support services that improve quality of life.
* Ron Bruce of Glendale, Ariz., donated his liver to Randy White in 2006, though the two barely knew each other. The only hope was a liver transplant and Bruce stepped forward. Because he did, White is alive today.
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. MST. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.