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Soap Opera Actor and N.J Rocker to Throw First Pitch at Nut-free Baseball Game to Benefit Children with Food Allergies

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) will host a fundraising event at the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Game, 1:05 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2010 at FirstEnergy Park. Frank Dicopoulos, best known for his 22 years on the long-running soap opera “Guiding Light” and NJ rocker Ray Andersen who is now known as the children’s singer/songwriter mr. RAY will throw out a first pitch.

Lakewood, NJ, May 12, 2010 --( Children with peanut and tree-nut allergies must often avoid baseball games, but this will not be the case on June 6. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) will host a fundraising event at the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Game, 1:05 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2010 at FirstEnergy Park. That day, all items sold at the concession stands will be peanut- and tree nut-free. In an effort to help protect allergic fans and in honor of all individuals with food allergies, the BlueClaws will have ingredients lists available for every food item sold.

As any parent knows, life with children is a balancing act between worrying for their safety and setting them free to meet new challenges. For parents of children who have food allergies, that balancing act is even more pronounced. This is one reason why two New Jersey dads have agreed to throw out the first pitch for this nut-free baseball game.

Frank Dicopoulos, best known for his 22 years on the long-running soap opera “Guiding Light” and currently host of the cable TV show “NJ Discover,” has been involved with FAAN for three years.

“Educating the public and our own children about food allergy safety is key, and gives us peace of mind when they are away from us,” said Dicopoulos. Both Dicopoulos and his teenage daughter have food allergies. Dicopoulos has been the spokesperson for the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Long Branch and has recently been named an Ambassador Who Cares by FAAN.

New Jersey rocker Ray Andersen who jammed with Bruce Springsteen in the 80’s, toured with Matchbox 20 and Meat Loaf in the 90’s, and is now known to thousands of New Jersey kids as the children’s singer/songwriter mr. RAY, will be perform during the seventh-inning stretch. Although Andersen’s family is not personally affected by food allergies, Andersen said he has met many parents who have made him aware of how serious and life-threatening food allergies can be.

“So many people whose children I entertain, they tell me about what they go through,” Andersen said. “I walk into schools, and there are signs everywhere (that read) – ‘Peanut Free.’”

Andersen’s bookings manager, part-time bassist and several chorus members are each personally affected by food allergies. Andersen has donated his performance to the Long Branch Walk since 2008 and is scheduled to perform again this year. This is Andersen’s second year performing at the nut-free game with the BlueClaws.

To raise awareness of food allergies, the BlueClaws has reserved 400 seats in the same section for fans with allergies and their family and friends. Seats will be washed down prior to the game to ensure that there will be no food residue, which has the potential to cause reactions in severely allergic children.

The game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers will begin at 1:05 p.m. Fans are advised to arrive early to take part in Kids Expo and Zoo Claws Day, which will feature music, fun, games, and more. This day is also Kids Character Sunday and Kids Eat Free Sunday.

Tickets are $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure in Long Branch, on Saturday, September 11, 2010.

Tickets must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance; For more information on purchasing tickets, contact Cherí Golub, Walk chairperson, at 732-239-8374 or Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call.

Tickets can also be purchased at three Lester Glenn Auto locations in Toms River – Hyundai, GMC and Mazda.

Millennium Radio, Lester Glenn Auto and St. Barnabas Healthcare are sponsors of this BlueClaws game.

For more information about the Lakewood BlueClaws go to:
FirstEnergy Stadium
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 901-7000

To register for the Long Branch Walk, visit

Photos from last year’s game and the FAAN Walk in Long Branch are available. Please contact Cherí Golub.

About FAAN
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit FAAN at,, and

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