7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Click here for a map! (Mid-way between Scottsdale Rd. and Hayden, north
side of Doubletree Ranch Rd. - Doubletree Ranch Rd becomes Via de Ventura at Hayden).
My Special Guest this
week is Russell Gill,
Owner, Hollywood Allstars.
To contact Russell:
Russ Gill grew up in Tucson, AZ and age 14 was hired
as the Cleveland Indian bat boy for Spring Training
games played at Hicorbett Field in Tucson.
In 1969 the Chicago White Socks moved their AAA
Baseball team to Tucson and Russ was immediately
hired as assistant to the General Manager where he
wore many hats working in sales, promotions, and
In 1970 Russ was hired as Director of Marketing and
Promotions for the Cleveland Indians AAA team in
Witchita, KS. As Director of Marketing and Promotions
Russ helped lead the Witchita Aeros organization to a
record breaking minor league attendance and was named
Marketing Director of the year and Grand Sweepstakes
award for largest attendance in minor league baseball
at the annual baseball owners winter meetings held in
Russ Gill holding Marketing Director of the Year and Grand Sweepstakes Awards - 1970
Following Russ's award winning 1970 baseball season
he received numerous job offers and was hired by the
Houston Astros Organization as Business Manager and
Director of Stadium Operations for the Oklahoma City
89ers Baseball Team.
Following his time with the 89ers Russ's career in baseball
management included serving as General Manager of the
San Antonio Brewers, and Owner and General Manager
of the Annaheim Angels Minor League Team.
In 1976 Minor League President, Bobby Bragan, asked
Russ to create, structure and oversee the Minor League
Marketing and Promotion Corporation for over 100
Minor League Baseball Teams. During this time Russ
developed a close relationship with Mr. C.J. McNutt
President of the Campbell's Sales Company (Campbell's
In 1977 Russ presented an idea to Mr. McNutt for a
national Campbell's kids promotion which was test
marketed by Campbell's in 10 ballparks during 1978.
Following the success of the test marketing Mr. McNutt
informed Russ of Campbell's desire to run a Campbell's
Kids Day promotion in each of one hundred and seventeen
minor league baseball stadiums during the 1989 season.
At that time Mr. McNutt suggested that Russ start his
own sports marketing business and run all of Cambell's
sports related client entertainment programs which he
did for ten years when Mr. McNutt retired. This was
the beginning of Russ's present day company, Hollywood
Allstars Celebrity Sports.
During the past 25 years Russ has coordinated celebrity
golf, tennis, basketball, and softball events for various
charities throughout North America. He has also created
a unique format allowing major corporations to utilize
these exciting celebrity golf and softball weekends for
VIP client entertainment.
Examples include many major companies such as Gillette,
Kelloggs, Keebler Cookies, Pepsi Cola, Scott Paper, and
Frito Lay who have orchestrated regional sales, trade,
marketing programs and Sweepstakes in some of the
largest grocery and drug store chains throughout America.
Last year Russ was invited by the President
of the French Baseball Federation to coordinate a series
of high profile celebrity activities in Paris and Monte Carlo
in conjuction with the French Olympic Baseball Team.
However, due to the post 9-11 atmosphere in France the
event was never held.
Russ is currently in Scottsdale working on his
next big celebrity golf and softball weekend which
has been schedule for Friday, January 21 and
Saturday, January 22, 2005. This specific event
will benefit 2-3 youth organizations including the
Arizona Republic Youth Literacy Program, and
much need books and school supplies for the
St. Mathews School and one additional yet to
be confirmed youth charity.
This event will feature a combination of at least
20 well known Major League Baseball and Hollywood
Allstars entertainment personalities. These celebrities
will participate in a VIP Golf outing on Friday afternoon,
play softball at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday
afternoon and then attend a spectacular three hour
VIP Party on Saturday evening.
Those interested in supporting or attending
these exciting celebrity weekend activities
may contact Baron Benham at 480-949-7331 or
email@example.com or spend some time
visiting with Russ at this weeks Soiree.
It is with great pleasure that Russell Gill, Founder, Hollywood Allstars, will be my Special Guest
Please plan on joining us to socialize and meet new friends.