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Amigos sin Barreras founder named All-Star

Amigos sin Barreras founder named All-Star

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LOS ANGELES -- Alma Martinez of Redondo Beach, Calif., has been helping HIV-positive, low-income Los Angeles residents for more than 16 years through Amigos Sin Barreras, an organization that helps provides food, medical care and social engagement.

During the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, fans across the nation in turn will honor her.

Major League Baseball, People magazine and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday announced Martinez as the Dodgers' All-Star of the All-Stars Among Us campaign, which debuted in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. Chosen by fans nationwide out of a pool of three finalists to represent the Dodgers, Martinez as well as the other 29 All-Stars Among Us -- one representing each Major League club -- will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony of the All-Star Game on FOX beginning at 5 p.m. PT.

Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes, more than double the amount of votes from the previous year, at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 All-Stars Among Us winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.

The Dodgers, too, will honor Martinez during pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium on July 5 prior to their game against the Florida Marlins at 6:10 p.m. PT.

Martinez founded Amigos sin Barreras/Friends without Barriers to honor her son. For more information, visit www.amigosonline.org.

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