CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Soap Box Derby will be the recipient of the Akron RubberDucks’ annual Hot Stove Banquet.
It’s an appropriate choice, considering actor Corbin Bernsen is this year’s guest speaker.
Bernsen – who starred in the “Major League” movies as Indians infielder Roger Dorn – wrote, directed and produced the Soap Box Derby-related film “25 Hill.” That 2011 movie supported the derby, an Akron institution since 1935.
Mark Gerberich, president and chief executive officer of the International Soap Box Derby Inc., said in a release that the money raised will support STEM education and racing programs in Akron. The 82nd First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby’s race week is in July.
The 2019 RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet is Friday, Feb. 1, at Hilton Garden Inn, 1307 E. Market St., Akron.
Banquet tickets are $100 ($750 for a table of eight). Go online or call 330-253-5151. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Program and Q&A will follow. The event includes cocktails, silent auction, dinner and autographs.
The third annual banquet is presented by FirstEnergy.
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