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102nd Annual Charlottesville Chamber Dinner – November 12th at The Omni Charlottesville Hotel

102nd Annual Charlottesville Chamber Dinner – November 12th at The Omni Charlottesville Hotel: Brian O’Connor, Coach, University of Virginia Baseball NCAA 2015 College World Series National Champions, to Deliver Keynote Address; Annual McIntire Citizenship Award to be Presented

(Charlottesville, Virginia – September 3)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that the 102nd Annual Chamber Dinner will be held on Thursday evening, November 12th, at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel; downtown Charlottesville.

The 102nd Annual Chamber Dinner – underwritten by CenturyLink, Brian O'ConnorHantzmon Wiebel LLP and State Farm Insurance Companies – is the region’s premier business event, the annual showcase of business civic leadership and achievement in our communities.  The Annual Chamber Dinner attracts more than 400 business and community leaders from throughout Greater Charlottesville.

Brian O’Connor, Head Coach of the NCAA 2015 College World Series National Championship UVA Baseball team, and 2014 and 2015 National Coach of the Year, will deliver the keynote address.  Mr. O’Connor’s keynote is underwritten by the CFA Institute.

“Our Chamber is thrilled to have our very own home team national coach of the year, national championship coach, Brian O’Connor as annual dinnerour Keynote Speaker at this year’s Annual Chamber Dinner,” stated Chad Zakaib, Vice President of Operations for Legacy Hospice, who serves as 2015 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.  “Charlottesville, Virginia, Omaha, Council Bluffs and baseball fans across the nation marveled at the UVA baseball team’s and Brian’s achievements this spring.  That last week, there were tens of thousands sleepy and ecstatic eyes at early morning meetings.  We wouldn’t have had it any other way. On November 12th we’ll say ‘thank you’ again.”

The 102nd Annual Chamber Dinner, to be held at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel begins with a cocktail reception at 6:0 PM.  The dinner service “bell” will ring at approximately 7:00PM and our Keynote Presentation will begin at 7:45PM.

Later during the dinner, the Chamber will again award its prestigious annual Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award at the Dinner– the 40th Chamber McIntire Award presentation.  The Chamber of Commerce established this award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the Greater Charlottesville area.  The Chamber’s award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, “… whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens.”

Tickets to the 2015 Annual Chamber Dinner (cocktail attire) are available on-line at www.cvillechamber.com.  Cost to attend is $115 for Chamber members and their guests, $140 for non-Chamber members; a limited number of “Chairman’s Circle” dinner sponsor tables of ten are available to Chamber member enterprises at $1,300.

Brian O’Connor has built the UVA Baseball team into a national powerhouse over the past twelve (12) years.  Over that distinguished tenure – in addition to capturing the 2015 National Championship – Coach O’Connor’s teams: have been to four College World Series appearances and two CWS Finals; been to 12 straight NCAA tournament appearances, with seven NCAA regional championships; captured two ACC championships; posted four 50-win seasons; and won 558 games, including a NCAA-best 342 wins since 2009.

Coach O’Connor enters the 2016 season with a career record of 558-201-2 and a 225-122-1 record in ACC play. Virginia is one of just six programs in the nation to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament in each of the last 12 seasons. Coach O’Connor boasts the highest winning percentage (74.3%) of all current head coaches in Division I baseball.  A three-time National Coach of the Year, he is the second fastest ACC coach to reach 500 career wins.

This success has led to record crowds, excitement and national exposure for Virginia baseball.  UVA Wahoo fans have flocked to UVa’s Davenport Field in increasing, record numbers during the O’Connor tenure, prompting several stadium expansions to push the stadium seating capacity over 5,000 to meet the rapidly intensifying demand.  Virginia has ranked among the top 20 schools nationally in attendance in each of the last six seasons, including a program-best 142,496 fans in 2014.  More than 110,000 fans have passed through the Davenport Field turnstiles in five of the last six years since 2010.  Davenport Field is now among the elite of college baseball facilities.

Sixty-six (66) of Coach O’Connor’s Virginia players have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including 39 in the last six years.  Pitcher Danny Hultzen was taken second overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, marking UVa’s highest draft pick ever. Three Cavaliers were selected in the first round in 2014, the most of any program in the country.  Fourteen former Cavaliers have reached the major leagues after playing for Coach O’Connor, highlighted by Washington Nationals’ All-Star and Gold Glove third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.  Mark Reynolds (Cleveland), Joe Koshansky (Colorado), Brandon Guyer (Tampa Bay), Michael Schwimer (Toronto), Mike Ballard (Baltimore), Sean Doolittle (Oakland), David Adams (New York Yankees), Phil Gosselin (Atlanta), Kyle Crockett (Cleveland), Chris Taylor (Seattle), Jarrett Parker (San Francisco), Tyler Wilson (Baltimore) and John Hicks (Seattle) also have made it to baseball’s highest level after playing under Coach O’Connor while at UVa.

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