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Murphy to headline banquet
Toys for Tots promotion set

STATESBORO — Atlanta Braves legend and two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy will be the featured speaker at the annual Evening with the All-Stars banquet Friday, Jan. 30 at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the Georgia Southern University campus.
A silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:30 p.m.
Murphy played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, with 15 coming in Atlanta. He was a seven-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger and five-time Gold Glove recipient.
Tickets for the banquet are $75 for adults and $50 for children 17 and younger (includes autographed baseball). Corporate tables are available for $800. A corporate table seats eight and includes two passes to a pre-dinner meet-and-greet with Murphy, two autographed baseballs and an autographed bat.
Third-round selection of Colorado Rockies and three-year Eagle Sam Howard will return to Statesboro to share his experience in the minor leagues and the draft.
For more information, call 912-478-5520.

Fans can bring a new, unwrapped toy to Saturday’s Georgia Southern women’s basketball game against Mercer in Hanner Fieldhouse and receive a $5 general admission ticket to the game (limit one ticket per toy).
Collection boxes will be located at the front gates, and the toys will be donated to less fortunate children in the community. The promotion is part of the campus-wide Toys for Tots campaign conducted by the Georgia Southern University Police Department.
The goal of the Toys for Tots Program is “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.” For more information, go to
Tipoff for the women’s basketball game featuring longtime rivals Georgia Southern and Mercer is set for 4:30 p.m. It’s the 62nd meeting between the two programs, which first played in the 1973-74 campaign.
The game against the Bears is the Eagles’ final home game of the calendar year and last home non-conference contest of the season.

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