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‘Pudge’ Rodriguez named honorary campaign chair for United Way of Tarrant County

– United Way of Tarrant County has added a Hall of Famer.

The nonprofit organization announced on Thursday, Aug. 16 that Baseball Hall of Famer, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, is their 2018-2019 Honorary Campaign Chair, kicking off the organization’s annual fundraising season.

Rodriguez will work with the United Way to help promote and boost the fundraising capabilities of the organization over the course of the next year.

“I am eager to give back to the community that rallied around me during many of the best times of my life and career,” said Rodriguez. “Tarrant County will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am excited I get to be involved the good work being done by United Way of Tarrant County.”

Announced on Facebook Live today at 4 p.m., Rodriguez was joined by Mark Nurdin, Campaign Chair and CEO of the Fort Worth Region at the Bank of Texas, and TD Smyers, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. Nurdin and Rodriguez will work in conjunction over the course of the next year to fundraise for United Way of Tarrant County. Facebook viewers tuned in live for the big announcement.

“We are proud to announce Pudge Rodriguez as our 2018-2019 Honorary Campaign Chair,” said TD Smyers, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “Pudge is a legend around here and he’s been an active community volunteer for many years. Teaming up with him is an exciting way to reach our campaign goals and build thriving communities across Tarrant County.”

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