Fundraiser benefits Aspinwall baseball, softball organization
Rising equipment costs has left officials of the Aspinwall baseball and softball program attempting to raise money.
The organization will hold A Night at the Races at the Sharpsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.
This is the first time the organization has held the event.
Pat LaLonde, organizer of the event, said the goal is to raise about $8,000.
“I don't know if that's possible. We've never done it before,” LaLonde said.
Without fundraising, the cost for children to play in the program could go up. It typically costs between $75 and $95 to join, depending on the age of the player.
That price includes equipment, umpire costs and field fees, he said.
“We're pretty much in the hole,” LaLonde said. “We try to keep our costs as low as possible so as many kids can play, plus we have scholarships for kids who don't have the means.
“Costs are actually going up as more safety equipment is required.”
Those safety requirements, which LaLonde said are necessary, meant more equipment had to be purchased, the price of which can add up.
Tickets for the event cost $20 and include dinner and beer. Sports memorabilia, including a Jason Bay autographed bat, and a football featuring patches from each Steelers' Super Bowl victory, will be auctioned off along with baskets from local businesses.
Instant bingo and 50/50 also will be offered, and a wheelbarrow of liquor will be raffled off.
The organization is considering other fundraisers, including a hoagie sale.
For information about A Night at the Races, call LaLonde at 412-965-2874.
Checks can be made payable to Aspinwall Softball and sent to LaLonde at 303 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.