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Trio of Sox fans up for All-Star honor

Trio of Sox fans up for All-Star honor

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Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.

Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.

Here are the finalists for the Chicago White Sox:

Joe Schmitz: The Morris, Ill., resident is the founder of Operation St. Nick, an organization that has donated more than $1 million to 3,700 families in his community. A baseball collector, he's also organized several trips to White Sox games.

Kelwin Harris: The Chicago resident grew up in a rough area, but now he runs Beloved Community, which provides mentoring and tutoring to help young people in the same community he grew up in.

Patty Ilg: The Elmhurst, Ill., resident created Great Lakes Lab Rescue and has run the program for 13 years. Her organization has saved hundreds of Labrador Retrievers from shelters and places them in homes.

Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.

The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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