Selig to attend SoxFest, will take questions

CHICAGO -- The White Sox's list of participants for SoxFest grew by one Tuesday as commissioner Bud Selig agreed to attend.

Selig's primary function at the Jan 27-29 event is to present Jerry Reinsdorf with the 2011 Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence. It recognizes Reinsdorf's generosity with community endeavors.

Selig will also participate in a question-and-answer session with fans, joining a panel that will be hosted by White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson.

According to the White Sox, the club is being honored for its "White Sox Volunteer Corps" program, which was started in 2009 and has contributed nearly $1 million through volunteer work hours, planning and execution of service events, cost of materials and volunteer services.

Selig will present Reinsdorf with his award during the Jan. 27 opening ceremonies of SoxFest and will conduct his Q&A session with fans immediately afterward.

SoxFest hotel packages, weekend passes, two-day passes and Sunday-only passes are available for purchase at whitesox.com. Friday night of SoxFest will be open only to SoxFest hotel guests with weekend passes.

Among White Sox personnel expected to attend this year's SoxFest are manager Robin Ventura, Jesse Crain, Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Gavin Floyd, Phil Humber, Paul Konerko, Brent Lillibridge, Brent Morel, Jake Peavy, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Sale, Matt Thornton and Dayan Viciedo. Members of the 2005 World Series championship team that are expected to attend include: Neal Cotts, Joe Crede, Pablo Ozuna, Cliff Politte and Frank Thomas.