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Seattle Mariners will pay tribute to Oso landslide victims


Local residents can receive free tickets for the Seattle Mariners’ “Stilly Valley Community Day” on July 26.

To honor the Stillaguamish Valley area and victims of the March 22 Oso landslide the Seattle Mariners are handing out free tickets in the Arlington, Darrington and Oso areas for their July 26 game.

The Mariners will play against the Baltimore Orioles and the first pitch of the game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

The team’s “Stilly Valley Community Day” is meant to honor those who passed away or were otherwise affected by the March 22 Oso landslide.

At Safeco Field there will be a moment of silence to remember those who passed away and a program ceremony to honor those who mobilized in response to the disaster.

They plan to pay tribute to the volunteers, first-responders and community members who were “deeply affected by the devastating March 22 mudslide along the Stillaguamish River,” according to a Mariners press release.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Haldeman.

The Snohomish County detective lives in Darrington, just east of where the slide took place and was one of the key first responders who helped establish a command post on his side of the debris.

“[Haldeman] was instrumental in bringing order to the chaos of the first hours and days of the emergency,” according to the Mariners press release.

In addition to honoring the mudslide victims, the Mariners also plan to distribute thousands of free tickets to people in the Stillaguamish Valley area.

The Red Cross, the Darrington Food Bank, Oso Chapel, Soup Ladies and other important community organizations have each received tickets to give away as they see fit.

There are also free tickets available at the following locations:

Oso Fire Hall, 21824 SR 530, Arlington

Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St., Darrington

Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Arlington

Arlington City Hall Parks and Recreation Department, 238 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington

For those not permitted to accept free tickets, like public agency employees, the Mariners have set up a discount ticket offer ($8). All proceeds from sales of discounted tickets will be donated to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and North Counties Family Services.


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