OAKLAND, Calif. -- A’s Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle, two of Major League Baseball’s top young relievers and rising stars for the Oakland Athletics, will be making off-season appearances this week at a Feeding America food collection and the annual A’s Community Fund Holiday Party as part of the team’s ongoing outreach efforts in the Bay Area.
Cook, who appeared in the 2012 All-Star Game as a rookie, and Doolittle, one of baseball’s feel-good stories who rose from Single-A to the majors as a converted first baseman in the matter of two months last season, will appear at the Bank of America Walnut Creek banking center (1330 North Main St.) Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5-6 p.m. for a holiday food collection benefiting Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, as part of a hunger relief effort with Feeding America and Bank of America.
The first 150 people who make a minimum donation of five non-perishable food items will receive an autographed photo card from both players. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity that helps provide food to over 37 million Americans each year.
The A’s Community Fund Holiday Party, a private function Friday, Dec. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Zoo, is an annual event where the team hosts an elementary school for lunch, entertainment and player meet and greet. Cook and Doolittle will sign autographs and pose for photos with 230 fourth and fifth graders from Oakland’s Achieve Academy.
The students will also receive a wrapped gift, compliments of the Good Tidings Foundation. The A’s Holiday Party will also include an animal presentation by the Oakland Zoo in the Wildlife Theater. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Round Table Pizza and Pepsi, and the special day will also include face painters, arts and crafts, and a visit by Santa and the A’s mascot Stomper.