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Clara Barton Immortalized with bobblehead, to be Given Away at June 23 Suns Game

Hagerstown, MD – A press conference was held on Friday June 15, and the new 2012 Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Bobblehead was unveiled. The new collectible will be given away free to the first 1,000 fans at the June 23rd game at Municipal Stadium (against the Lakewood Blue Claws). The weekend games will also feature a Civil War theme, with the Suns players wearing Union-style uniform jerseys.

There was a special media conference at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center featured the unveiling of the new Bobblehead, and it was announced by CVB President and CEO Tom Riford and Hagerstown Suns GM Bill Farley, that this year’s Bobblehead is Clara Barton.

“This is the first time that a Bobblehead of Clara Barton has ever been given away at a professional baseball game,” said CVB President and CEO Tom Riford. “Clara Barton became known as ‘The Angel of the Battlefield,’ and she was a heroine who volunteered as a nurse, who cared for the wounded during the Civil War. She attended her first battle, on September 17, 1862 at Antietam.” Riford said that Barton became the first director of the American Red Cross in 1881.

The new CVB sponsored Bobblehead, the seventh in the annual series of collectors’ items, had been a closely guarded secret. Several special guests attended the media conference from the American Red Cross management, staff, and board of directors. Also, CVB Board Members attended, including board chair Julie Rohm who was dressed as Clara Barton.

Rohm said, “It’s an honor to be asked to portray the living version of this historic character at this unveiling, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to be a part of this historic occasion. Every year the CVB sponsors a Bobblehead, and this year this Civil War figurine represents healing and closure. ”

The new Clara Barton Bobblehead is financially sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB, and the one-of-a-kind collectible is being given away at the June 23rd Hagerstown Suns home game. The Bobblehead depicts Clara Barton as a Civil War nurse.

During the press conference, Hagerstown Suns General Manager Bill Farley wore a special jersey, which is a replica Union uniform, and will be the actual jerseys player wear the weekend of June 23rd-24th. “We have decided that the Civil War uniform jerseys will be raffled off, and the proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross. This is a great partnership with the CVB.”

The Bobbleheads are entirely sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as a gift to the community, to baseball fans, and to serious collectors of Bobbleheads.

The June 23rd game is expected to be a sell-out. The Hagerstown Suns management urges people to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

As the seventh in the series, Clara Barton joins other Bobbleheads immortalized as CVB give-aways. Captain Ulric Dahlgren was the sixth figure to be honored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with a bobblehead giveaway at Municipal Stadium, joining General George Washington, author Nora Roberts, MSO music director Elizabeth Schulze, General Abner Doubleday, and Hagerstown’s symbol Little Heiskell.

The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class “A” affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Visit the Suns on the web at http://www.hagerstownsuns.com.

The Hagerstown Suns baseball team is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see; http://www.marylandmemories.com.  Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. For more information see: http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org and also http://www.hallowedground.org.