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Tug McGraw's Behind Home Plate Pancake Breakfast & Softball Game


Game 9:00am

Gates Open at 7:45am

Cleve Borman Field , Veterans Home of California, Yountville, CA

Price: $15 for adults $5 for children 8 and under includes breakfast

and softball game

**All Day Ticket: Adults $30 Children $10 includes both events

Honorary Team Captains Will and Natalie Chesney

 A former member of SEAL Team Six and best selling author of "No Ordinary Dog Book", Will has been part of military operations that have changed the course of this world.  We are excited to have Natalie, Will's wife a former college softball player joining us! But wait...this will be Jim Mellick and his wife, Marcia's first flight since 2001-we are honored! Welcome to our Mixed Nutts Team! 

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Kicking off the day,  Tug McGraw's “Sit Behind Home Plate Pancake Breakfast and “Game for Heroes Softball Game” will be held from 8am to 11am on Saturday, July 13, 2024 on the historic Cleve Borman Field located at Veterans Home of California, Yountville.  The Tug McGraw Foundation and their team will prepare freshly made pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs and will be accompanied by coffee and orange juice. And Mimosas are available for our adult patrons for an extra fee. 

Then get ready for the “Softball,” where The Yountville Veterans Home Mixed Nutts Team will take on the Napa County K9 Sheriffs.  The 6-inning softball game will feature our nation’s heroes veterans, first responders and honorary Captains, Navy SEAL, Will Chesney and Artist James Mellick. Game time starts at 9:00am and will close with the trophy and awards presentation. 


Your breakfast is only $15 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. Breakfast service begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m.  This includes your ticket for the game. 

Silent Auction, Prizes and a Few Surprises



In conversation with Navy SEAL Will Chesney and 

Artist, James Mellick (Moderated by Napa K9 Sheriffs)

4:00pm Program | Book Signing (Will's and Jim's books will be available for purchase at the museum)

5:00pm Meet and Greet BBQ

Napa Valley Museum, Veterans Home of California, Yountville  

Price: $20 for adults $10 for kids 8 and under includes BBQ and Museum admission

**All Day Ticket: Adults $30 Children $10 includes both events

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration during this in-person event taking place at the Napa Valley Museum, July 13, 2024 at 4:00 PM. Don't miss this once in a life time opportunity to hear Navy SEAL Will Chesney discuss his book No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid. Guests will learn about the realities of dog training, and the essential role that dogs play in military operations. Chesney’s book, No Ordinary Dog, tells the story of Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog who  accompanied the two dozen Navy SEALs, including Chesney, who descended on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in May 2011.

Then meet artist, James Mellick a wood sculptor for more than 40 years who was inspired in 2015 to use art to tell a different story. The Warrior Dog project began as a way to depict injuries that many soldiers returned from war with, but turned into stories about actual military service dogs such as Cairo. 

"This display has brought together the trifecta of woodworking that people love, the patriotism and the dogs and that’s where I think it draws its power." James Mellick 

Afterwards, guests are invited to grab some BBQ, sip on wines and take a tour of the Napa Valley Museum and the Tug McGraw Foundation's special exhibition, WARRIOR DOGS: Honoring the service and sacrifice of American military and working dogs, this emotional, inspiring exhibition takes a deep dive into the heroic partnership between military dogs, their trainers, handlers , and other soldiers with whom they serve. The exhibition includes 16 lifesize wooden sculptures by acclaimed artist James Mellick, including Cairo, who deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy SEAL Will Chesney. A kid-friendly “petting dog” sculpture by James Mellick is also included.



Silent Auction, Museum Scavenger Hunt, Prizes and a Few Surprises
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