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|| News Item: Posted 2004-03-03

Sports Shooter news & notes
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Friends of V.J. Benefit

Coming on the heels of the successful benefit autograph/collectible show last month in Southern California, next up in the effort to raise money for the Lovero Children Trust is the "Friends of V.J." benefit auction that will be hosted by SportsCards Plus, Inc. of Laguna Nigel, Calif. on May 13, 2004.

This event, is being organized by Baseball Hall of Fame member Rod Carew and freelance photographer Lou Sauritch, will auction off many sports memorabilia items generously donated by many of V.J.'s friends and admirers. Anyone out there who would like to help can do so by donating sports memorabilia to the "Friends of V.J." benefit auction. One hundred percent of the final bid price of all items will be donated to The Lovero Children's Trust 2004.

Items they are seeking include game worn equipment such as jerseys, gloves, bats, etc. Autographed items and display pieces are also welcomed. The telephone/Internet auction will be conducted by SportsCards Plus on a nationwide basis. Every item will be featured in a high quality color catalog that will include a tribute to V.J.

For more details about the auction please call SportsCards Plus auction director Dan Imler at (800) 350-2273. Information is also available online at The deadline for donating items to "Friends of V.J." benefit auction is March 8, 2004.

Long-time Sports Illustrated and Angels team photographer V.J. Lovero passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on January 12. He is survived by his wife Trish and two sons John, 16, and Jay, 13.

WCNPA Annual Convention

Barbara Davidson of the Dallas Morning News, digital guru Rob Galbraith, Jason Ranson from the Ottawa Sun and the Los Angeles Times' Gail Fisher headline the Western Canadian News Photographers Association annual convention April 16 - 18, 2004.

The WCNPA convention will be held at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Speakers, workshops, a trade show and the announcement of the WCNPA Pictures of the Year winners will all be part of the event's program.

For more information and registration forms, go to the WCNPA website:

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