2017 Cal State Fullerton Hall of Fame inductee and current Major League baseball player, Kurt Suzuki will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Dinner with the Titans fundraiser, which will take place at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Friday, January 19th.
Dinner with the Titans
Friday, January 19, 2018
City National Grove of Anaheim
Cocktails 6 p.m. || Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Kurt Suzuki
Registration is now open for the Cal State Fullerton baseball program’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It serves as an opportunity for Titans fans to meet and mingle with the current team and coaches as well as former Titan greats. Reservations begin at $150 for individual tickets.
The evening will include dinner and drinks, live music and silent and live auctions. Funds raised from Dinner with the Titans will directly benefit the Titan Baseball program. (A signed Justin Turner Dodgers jersey seen at Casino Night will be auctioned along with other prizes and memorabilia.)
This event is expected to sell out.
Kurt Suzuki is one of the most notable Titans of all-time, as he spent three years (2002-04) as arguably the best catcher Fullerton has ever seen. Suzuki put together a special career at Cal State Fullerton, which culminated with a senior season that saw him hit .413, recording 16 home runs and 87 RBI on his way to claiming the Brooks Wallace Award. He also was also presented with the Johnny Bench Award. The Brooks Wallace Award is given to the nation’s most outstanding player, while the Johnny Bench Award is handed out to the country’s best catcher.
While Suzuki’s personal statistics were second to none, he was also an instrumental part of Fullerton’s 2004 National Championship squad.
Suzuki’s .413 batting average in 2004 still ranks fifth all-time in school history, while the 87 RBI rank sixth and the 104 hits rank seventh. His career .491 on-base percentage is still highest in program history, while his .996 career fielding percentage is second highest in school history.
After Cal State Fullerton, Suzuki’s baseball career was far from over, as he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Since being drafted he’s played for the Athletics, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves.
Suzuki is set to enter his 12th season in the big leagues and enjoyed his best year in 2014, as he was named to the American League All-Star team as a member of the Twins.
Cal State Fullerton wrapped up the 2017 season with a 39-24 overall record, notching the 43rd straight 30-win season for the Titans and most importantly the program’s 18th consecutive trip to the College World Series in Omaha.
Fullerton made its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 in 43 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. It was the Titans 26th straight postseason berth, the second longest active streak behind Florida State (40).
The City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
(adjacent to Angels Stadium of Anaheim)
$5,000 Gold Sponsor
– seating for eight guests plus two current or former Titan baseball players at your table
– access for eight for VIP cocktail hour with open bar
– Titan gift basket
$2,500 Silver Sponsor
– seating for nine guests plus one current or former Titan baseball player at your table
– access for two for VIP cocktail hour with open bar
– Titan gift basket
– Seating for 10 Guests