Northern Kentucky Night is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which first created the event in 2015. Among the activities: Bevin threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Duvall, the Reds left fielder and a Louisville native. Brannen, who led the Norse to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to NKU Athletic Director Ken Bothof.
The ͞Healthier Northern Kentucky Award͟ was presented by St. Elizabeth to Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, Deputy Judge Executive Joe Shriver, JSAP Director Jason Merrick, Jailer Terry Carl and Kenton County Commissioners Beth Sewell, Jon Draud and Joe Nienaber for their Jail Substance Abuse Program (JSAP). Not all were present for the presentation.
The national anthem was performed by Megan Urz, Ellie Chancellor and Amanda Steier, 2017 Northern Kentucky University School of Arts graduates in Musical Theatre. The honorary captain was Bridget Schultz, representing New Perceptions, an Edgewood-based non-profit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Reds recognized Hometown Heroes Dr. Kimberly Vormbrock, a primary care physician, and Dave Simpson, a courier in the purchasing department, and other veterans who work for St. Elizabeth.
To top off the day, Cincinnati won 12-8, rallying from five runs down.