Familes take over Dodger Stadium at ‘fun-raiser’ event

By Cody Schott

Families converged on Dodger Stadium as if it were April, but replacing Dodger players Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Manny Ramirez in the outfield were current students, parents, alumni and children playing catch.

On Jan. 24, this year’s Family Night, organized by the Office of Advancement, was held in Chavez Ravine, after being held at MOCA last year. Frank and Jamie McCourt (Casey ’05 and Gavin ’09), principal owners of the Dodgers, hosted the event at their stadium.

The “fun-raiser” offered the opportunity for families to hit inside the clubhouse batting cage, pitch from the pitching mound or the bullpen and run the bases. Many also took the opportunity to bring their baseball gloves and play catch or pickle in the outfield. Tours of the ballpark were also offered for anyone interested.

The guests were treated to the customary Dodger Dog as well as burgers, chips, peanuts, Cracker-Jacks and cookies.

The Wolverine varsity baseball team volunteered to help with different activities. Players were stationed at the batting cage, in the bullpen and on the field. They arrived early to warm up on the field before everybody arrived.

“I think the guys all had a good time and enjoyed the night,” said Head Coach Matt LaCour. “I’m sure they will remember [this] for a long time.”

Everyone was brought together at around 6:30 p.m. for speeches made by President Thomas C. Hudnut and the McCourts. The theme was centered on family. Jamie McCourt said that Harvard-Westlake welcomed her to Los Angeles like a family. Hudnut re-iterated this point.

“Harvard-Westlake is always your home,” Hudnut told the crowd.