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Earlier this month Major League Baseball, PEOPLE and the Washington Nationals announced the three local finalists for the 2010 “PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us” national campaign, which debuted in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their community in extraordinary ways.
The Nationals finalists are Mark Bergel of Bethesda, Md., Kat Lanigan of Herndon, Va., and Joe Mornini of Rockville, Md. Notes From NatsTown will feature thoughts from each local All-Star on why they should represent the Nationals at the 2010 All-Star game in Anaheim.
The choice is yours. Vote HERE through Sunday, June 20.
My name is Mark Bergel and I am the founder and Executive Director of A Wider Circle. A good way to share with you what we do–and why your vote can help so many in need–is to have you to take a journey with me.
Imagine driving home tonight. You pull into the parking lot or driveway in front of your home. It is littered with glass and garbage. You hear screaming and yelling from the homes all around you. The security door doesn’t work; in fact, the doorknob isn’t even there. You just reach in the hole and pull open the door. You walk into your living room and see nothing but an old TV in the corner, on the floor. You have one chair–it is also old and it is dirty. That is all the furniture you have–your dining room is a dining room in name only, you have no table, no chairs, and nothing else in the space. Your kitchen has bare cupboards and there is half a piece of meat and some ketchup in the fridge.
As you walk into the bedroom, your children are lying on the floor, trying to sleep. You have no beds for them. This is your home. Nothing on which to relax, nowhere for your family to gather. This is poverty.
The moment I started A Wider Circle was in one of these apartments. I was a volunteer bringing emergency food to people around the region. In this apartment lived a grandmother, mother, and two children. The grandmother had oxygen in her nose, used a walker and reminded me of my 80-year-old grandmother. She was 35. Her daughter was 20, and in extremely poor health. The two children were four and five, and they showed all the signs of a life in poverty, from their teeth to their skin to the clothes they wore.
I sat there with them, knowing I was witness to the cycles of poverty, and knowing that the energy and the resources existed in our region, in each of us, to break these cycles. I knew we could help these families get and stay out of poverty. So far, we have served 50,000 of these individuals. With your help, we can serve all those in our region – and we can show what is possible when those of us who can help make it a priority to do so.
At A Wider Circle our mission is to help children and families lift themselves out of poverty. We not only turn empty apartments into comfortable, stable homes, we provide life skills education and professional development so children and adults have a greater sense of the potential and the abilities they have inside. We work in schools and shelters–we go wherever the needs are the greatest. Please vote for me to help bring more solutions to the children in our nation’s capital, and to the mothers who are raising them with the hope of their achieving far more than what seems possible today. Believe in this dream, and help make it a reality for our neighbors in need.
For the first time in his career, Ryan Zimmerman is headed to the All-Star game! The game will be played on Tuesday, July 14th in St. Louis.
You have the ability to make sure Zimmerman is not the only Nat in St. Louis this year. Cristian Guzman has the opportunity to join him, but he needs your help! Cristian is a 2009 All-Star Final Vote candidate for the 33rd spot on the National League Roster. Only your votes can send him to the Midsummer Classic! Click HERE to send Cristian to the All-Star game for the second year in a row!
“Vote [Guzman] in, fans — we are trying to rally our troops in the Dominican Republic,” manager Manny Acta said.
The other All-Star Final Vote candidates are:
Matt Kemp – LAD
Mark Reynolds – ARI
Pablo Sandoval – SF
Shane Victorino – PHI
The Nationals lost 5-3 last night to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees but there were some bright spots in the game. Shairon Martis had a solid outing going 6.0 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, on only four hits. He did not factor into the decision, keeping his overall record at 5-1.
On the offensive side, Anderson Hernandez blasted a three-run shot, his first of the season, to left field which put the Nats ahead 3-2. The lead was short lived as some timely hitting by New York and some defensive miscues allowed the Yankees to regain the lead. Reliever Ron Villone picked up the loss, and closer Mariano Rivera entered in the 9th to shut down the Nats for his 15th save of the season.
Villone’s loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was his fourth in his last four appearances. According to Elias, over the last 10 seasons, only three other pitchers suffered losses in four consecutive relief outings: Brian Fuentes (2007), Fausto Carmona (2006), and Rheal Cormier (2001).
In other Nationals news:
- With rumors of a managerial shake up in DC, the Nationals players show their support for Manager Manny Acta.
- Teams around the Major Leagues, including the Nats, are using some creative ways to get their players voted into the All-Star Game.
- Long Island native John Lannan is looking forward to his first start at Yankee Stadium.
The NL All-Star ballot update was released today. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is seeking his first selection to the Mid-Summer Classic but needs help from you, the fans. For the third week in a row, he sits in second place behind Mets third baseman David Wright by approximately 336,000 votes. Outfielder Adam Dunn ranks 12th in the voting for the second straight week. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times HERE until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show on July 5.