Tennessee Smokies ‘Salute to Heroes’ Night

The Tennessee Smokies honored Mark as part of their “Salute to Heroes” night on May 28.

We are grateful to friends Mick Gillispie, who is a radio broadcaster for the team, and Smokies pitcher Trey McNutt, who is from Haleyville, for making this happen. Mick’s good friend in college, Thomas Jaichner, was killed in Iraq in 2005. This was after serving in the Army Special Forces and attending college. After the attacks of 9/11, he felt like his country needed him, so he went back to serve. It takes special people to do this and we are grateful to him. Ever since his death, Mick has felt strongly about raising awareness to American heroes.

They will auction team memorabilia and signed items from the Chicago Cubs, University of Alabama, and Tennessee Smokies organizations. All money will go to The Mark Forester Foundation. The auction began Saturday night, May 28, and will continue until late July.

Item are also for auction on ebay, with new items being added regularly. To go directly to the ebay auction, CLICK HERE.

Click below to read press release.

To learn more about Mick and the Smokies team, Click here.
Below are articles relating to the Smokies’ auction for The Mark Forester Foundation:

Birmingham News Article 6-30-11.

Knoxville Sentinel Article 7-3-11.

Chicago Cubs Article 7-5-11.