April 15, 2011
A private party hosted by Jerry and Shirley Todd and their son Jerry Jr., will be had in support of the Lobos’ baseball club on Saturday at the Utah game.
The party is a relatively small get together of around 100 people, mainly composed of Dugout Club supporters. The Todd family wants to make this an annual event, so supporters of the baseball program can all get together, have a good time and cheer on the program they adore.
The Dugout Club is an entity that provides financial support for UNM baseball. The club contributes a large percentage of money for the programs’ overall costs.
“Without the dugout club, we wouldn’t move forward as a program,” Head Lobo Baseball Coach Ray Birmingham said. “They are as important as a Friday night pitcher to us.”
The event is sponsored by Todd Financial, which is Jerry Todd Jr.’s company. Todd Jr.’s company specializes in advising 401K plans for other companies.
“Anything we can do to get the Lobos name out there, we will do it,” Todd Sr. explained.
Birmingham met the Todd family a few years back and instantly knew he had met a special group of people from the get go.
“They are old fashioned people with old fashioned values that have serious commitment to the community and the state,” Birmingham said. “They truly care about seeing our baseball program move forward.”
Jerry Sr. has no ties to UNM, but he chooses to be involved with the university through the baseball program.
“Its guys like Jerry and families like his that make this community better,” Birmingham said. “They got on board with this program and believe in what we are trying to do when it comes to getting to Omaha with a nucleus of New Mexico kids.”
Jerry Sr. couldn’t have made it any clearer where his heart lies when explaining his affection for Lobo baseball.
“We love Lobo baseball and we just want to support Ray (Birmingham) in any way we can,” Todd Sr. said.
In the end, the goal for the Lobos and the Todd family is to get the word out to the community that this is a program people can get behind and support, while having fun doing it.