One of KHTS’s own will be throwing out the first pitch at Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Night May 14, when the Boys in Blue take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4 p.m. in Chavez Ravine.
Cary Quashen, the founder and Executive Director of the ACTION Family Counseling Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers who also hosts the Families in ACTION radio show Monday afternoons on KHTS, was nominated and selected for the honor of stepping up to the mound and throwing a quick one to the catcher.
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“It’s going to make it to home plate, I promise,” Quashen said. “I’m going to the field to practice. You get one shot and I’ll say this on the air, it will hit home plate.”
While he’s an unabashed Dodger fan, he’s hasn’t played the sport for more than 30 years and never as a pitcher. He was honored when asked to make the first pitch, relating that one of the parents from ACTION wrote a letter to the city, nominating him for the job.
“What an honor,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”
The ACTION Centers has 12 locations and 16 programs in the Southern California area, specializing in alcohol and substance abuse intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs for both teens and adults, and maintains sober living facilities in Bakersfield and the Santa Clarita Valley.
In addition to his work with ACTION, Quashen serves as the Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He is a recognized consultant and leader in the behavioral health arena and has appeared on several national television programs and consulted with a variety of health care programs across the country.
For tickets to SCV Dodger Day, click here or visit the City’s Activity Center on Centre Pointe Parkway.