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Professional Business Organizations Meet on Softball Field

Vienna Business Association and Vienna Business Networking International inaugurate annual softball game.

Vienna Vice-Mayor Howard Springsteen threw out the ceremonial pitch on June 22 as the 
Vienna Business Association and Vienna Business Networking International faced off.

Vienna Vice-Mayor Howard Springsteen threw out the ceremonial pitch on June 22 as the Vienna Business Association and Vienna Business Networking International faced off. Photo by Donna Manz.

The Vienna Business Association [VBA] faced off with challenger Vienna Business Networking International [BNI] on June 23 in a closely-contested softball game at Southside Field. Family and colleagues cheered on their players and BNI edged out VBA for a 20-18 win.

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Christina Guenthe set the stage for the inaugural VBABNI softball game when she sang the national anthem.

The match, bringing in players that belong to either of the two professional business clubs or serving double-duty in both clubs (not counting a few ringers), was a friendly competition supported by a barbeque buffet catered by Red, White and Blue, and a bounce-house to keep the children entertained.

Leading into the first pitch, Christina Guenther of Kabob Tavern sang the national anthem. Players on an adjacent field stopped their own play to stand at attention as Guenther sang a capella. Howard Springsteen, vice-mayor of Vienna, threw out the ceremonial first pitch—twice.

The Vienna Business Association embraces local businesses who support the community and one another. VBA is partnering with the Town of Vienna to produce the town’s annual Halloween Parade and to host Oktoberfest. In partnership with the Town of Vienna, VBA is sponsoring the first-ever First Night Celebration for families on Dec. 31.

BNI is an international association of business networking clubs. BNI Vienna meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

To join the Vienna Business Association or learn more about the mission of the organization, go to www.viennabusiness.org. To learn more about Vienna BNI, go to http://www.bninova.com/chapter_details.asp?chap_id=7037.