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Trio of Dodgers fans up for All-Star honor

Three Dodgers fans up for honor

Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.

Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.

Here are the finalists for the Los Angeles Dodgers:

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• Jason Silver of Malibu, Calif., takes visually handicapped children to live sports events in Los Angeles through his non-profit organization, 20/20 Sports Experience. Funded solely through donations, 20/20 Sports Experience helps kids with impaired vision lead a more fulfilling life and have lots of fun in the process.

• Gerardo Gomez of Pasadena, Calif., has been a dedicated activist for homeless people in the U.S., Chile, and South Africa since 1997. He organized the first homeless youth soccer team from Los Angeles to attend the Homeless World Cup in Australia. He also brings groups of homeless to soccer and Dodgers games.

• Barbara Palilis of Los Angeles founded Circle of Friends, a social language skills program for teens and young adults with disabilities. Each teen in her program works with a non-disabled peer so everyone can learn life skills of understanding and acceptance.

Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.

The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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