Boxer & Gerson helped the resurgent Oakland A’s add to their home attendance on August 4 as the firm put a new twist on its traditional “Union Night At the Ballpark” by making it a family-friendly event.
The pleasant summer afternoon-turned-to-evening featured a pregame tailgate party that accommodated some 125 people of all ages in a specially roped off area of the parking lot before the group converged en masse into the park.
Attendees enjoyed selections from a taco-burrito truck along with drinks, snacks, desserts, a face painter for kids, and games that included corn hole, football and Frisbee.
The evening was topped off with a post-game fireworks show that helped compensate for the sparse offensive fireworks in the tight pitcher’s duel on the field, from which the A’s emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Unions represented at the event included AFSCME Local 2019, Machinists Local 1173, Machinists IAM Lodge Local 1414, Operating Engineers Local 3 District 20, Painters District Council 16, Teamsters Local 2785, Teamsters Local 315, Teamsters Local 70, Teamsters Local 853, Transport Workers Union Local 556, SEIU 265, and UFCW Local 5.
Some 25 Boxer & Gerson staff helped organize and host the event, managing logistics, chasing errant Frisbees and tending to their union guests.
Lead event organizers were attorneys Eric Ritigstein and Hillary Nakano, with big assists from colleagues Amy Shen, Deirdre Mochel, Justin Litvack, Tiffany Speers, Warren Pulley, Jenny Jerez, Gary Roth, and Dikla Dolev.
“Everybody seemed to have a great time,” said Ritigstein.
“It was a comfortable and relaxed setting for people to get to know one another, and for us to show our appreciation to our union friends. We got a good turnout, and we’re definitely looking forward to doing it again next year.”
A postscript: The A’s are 6-2 since their Union Night victory, bringing their season record to a sterling 71-48. That stands as the fourth best in the Major Leagues, putting them just two games behind the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in their division, with a solid shot at making the post-season playoffs.