Chipola College To Host Alumni Weekend

Chipola College To Host Alumni Weekend
Posted at 10:10 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 22:10:00-05

Major league baseball players and dozens of other former Chipola College players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 5-6.

The weekend will include live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, great food and the chance to rub elbows with the pros, including two-time MLB Homerun champ Jose Bautista and his Toronto Blue Jays teammate, All-Star catcher Russell Martin. Braves catcher Tyler Flowers, Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger, and Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin are also expected to attend.

The Chipola All-Star Dinner & Celebrity Auction is set for Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Chipola Coach Jeff Johnson will welcome back former coaches, players and guests for this exclusive event. Big-leaguers have donated thousands in memorabilia for the auction. Tickets are $100, with table sponsorships available for $1,000. Sponsors earn recognition at the dinner, 8 tickets, an autographed baseball and group photo with MLB players.

A full day of activities is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at Chipola Field, including an Alumni/MLB Homerun Derby, MLB Autograph Session and live college baseball action.

The day begins at 10 a.m., with the Chipola Indians taking on Walters State in a pre-conference game. Bautista, Martin and honorary Chipola Alumnus Jeff Mathis will lead their fellow alumni in a Homerun Derby at 12:30 p.m. with guest prizes and MLB memorabilia for sale.

An MLB autograph and photo session runs from 2:30 to 3:30. For $10, fans can get one item signed by each professional. Player photos and MLB baseballs will also be available for purchase.

Passes to the day’s events are $10 per person for all ages. Fans are also invited to purchase fresh Grouper Lunch plates for $10.

Coach Johnson says, “We appreciate all the fans and former players who come out to support our program. These guys are so generous with their time and resources. It means a lot to our program.”

All events are open to the public!

To register for the February 5th Dinner, please email John DiLaura at or call 850.718.2332. If you have any silent auction items you would like to donate, please include that information with your reservation.

Alumni Weekend Overview

Friday, February 5th at 6:30 pm CST.

Chipola All-Star Dinner & Celebrity Auction – join Coach Jeff Johnson and the baseball staff as we welcome our former coaches, players and guests back to Marianna for this exclusive dinner and auction. Current MLB players Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, Tyler Flowers, Patrick Corbin, Jeff Mathis and others will be in attendance.

  • Tickets are $100 per person.
  • Table Sponsorships are $1,000 each; including signage and recognition at the dinner, along with 8 tickets, an autographed baseball from one our MLB players and a group photo with our MLB players. 
  • Additional guest speakers and auction items are TBD.

*To register for the dinner, please email John DiLaura at or call 850.718.2332


Saturday, February 6th at Chipola Field, day gate passes are $10 per person, all ages.

  • 10:00 am CST: Chipola vs. Walters State
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CST: Grouper fish fry dinner plates are $10 each.
  • 12:30 pm CST: Alumni HR Derby with guest prizes and MLB memorabilia for purchase.
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm CST: MLB autograph & photo session, $10 per person. Tickets must be presented and are limited to 1 item signed per person from each player. Player photos and MLB baseballs will also be available for purchase.