Hundreds Turn Out For Nuxhall Event

(FAIRFIELD, OH) -- Tributes keep pouring in for the Ol' Lefthander.

Hundreds of fans applauded Thursday night at the first Joe Nuxhall Award of Character at a banquet at Jungle Jim's

Nuxhall's been permanently honored at the Great American Ball Park with  statue, and countless other small memorials across the Tri-State.

Now, his memory is living on through his foundation, and an award given in his memory, the first of which went to legendary Reds manager Sparky Anderson.

An honorable night for an man among the most honored in Reds history.

"It's very important that we remember him and that his spirit is going to go on way past his time on earth," said Nick Clooney.

In the first big "Hope Project" fundraising night since Joe Nuxhall's death, those who knew him and his love of children made sure this night was one for which Nuxie could be proud.

"He was such a great man and he loved children," said Donna Alton-Morgan.

"I think it might even be bigger than last year when Joe was here. He probably wouldn't be too pleased about that," said Clooney with a laugh.

The crowd presented Sparky Anderson the first ever Joe Nuxhall character award. And throughout the night, those grieving the loss of Joe got a chance to share their memories together.

"All this does is reaffirm something that I don't need to be convinced of and that is how special Joe is and how his memory will be so long lasting, forever and ever and ever after he's gone," said Marty Brennaman, Nuxhall's former radio partner.

The Hope Project launched last year. It's fundraising efforts benefit five projects, including the Joe Nuxhall center and a scholarship fund for seniors in Butler County high schools. Sara Gouedy