Miller School Faculty and Staff Get Ready for the next 'UM Family Night with the Marlins'
Sun Life Stadium almost certainly will be a sea of green and orange on May 1 when the Marlins take on the Washington Nationals. That game night is also the date for the next "UM Family Night with the Marlins," a tradition, now in its fifth year, where the game and ancillary festivities will become one big celebration of the phenomenal faculty and staff who are responsible for the University's continuing record of success.
On Wednesday, Miller School employees seemed to be getting in the spirit, with dozens lining up for the tickets that will allow them, family members and friends into the highly anticipated event hosted by the president and provost.
"I'm very excited to be going," said Jorge Aguilar, as he and four IT division co-workers collected their tickets. "It's a great way for us to extend our relationships outside work and get to know each other's friends and families. The University is one big family."
Aguilar's colleague, Nilda Vazquez, also was excited about the game and the concert.
"I love the Marlins and this is a nice way to show appreciation," she said, flashing tickets for her and extended family.
Last year's Family Night was the largest ever held by the University, attracting 19,000 UM employees and family members. This year's event promises to be even bigger. Each regular employee, as well as contract employees, can receive one complimentary ticket and purchase up to three additional tickets for $1 each.
After the Marlins and the Nationals battle on the field, a special post-game concert will feature Willy Chirino, the internationally renowned singer who has released more than 20 albums and is considered one of the fathers of the "Miami Sound" and the master of "Miami salsa."
Family Night will also include lots of great pre-game festivities and a post-game fireworks display. The pre-game activities will begin at 5:10 p.m. at Gate D and the game will follow at 7:10 p.m. The first 25,000 fans admitted will receive a Marlins/UM Thunderstick.
Tickets will be distributed again at the Miller School campus on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Wednesday, March 31, and Monday, April 12, and at University of Miami Hospital on Friday, April 2 and Friday, April 16. Watch future issues of e-Update for more details.