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Pleasant Hills Rotary invites community out to the ball game

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Mindy Lascheid Lewis and Bob Marlow

Pleasant Hills residents can attend the Pirates-Brewers match up on Sept. 19, enjoy a block party and watch 50 students from Jefferson Elementary use sign language to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game.

The outing that also involves Mindy Lascheid Lewis, daughter of longtime ballpark organist Vince Lascheid, costs $25 with proceeds going to the Pleasant Hills Rotary's Interact service clubs at Thomas Jefferson and South Park high schools.

Rotary President Bob Marlow said he was familiar with Lewis' work with the Shining Stars Foundation of Pittsburgh, a group she founded in 1999 to assist charities, schools and other organizations.

Lewis said she was inspired by her late father's kindness to create the organization.

“He was always lending a hand to others,” said Lewis, of Scott Township. “It's the key to this foundation.”

Lewis has been teaching sign language for years and in just an hour, she taught the Jefferson Elementary children the national anthem line by line. The school is in the West Jefferson Hills School District.

Since 2000, she's given 20 groups the opportunity for a close-up on the scoreboard at Pittsburgh sporting events.

“I hope the children take this with them for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Marlow said Lewis contacted him in June and, “It's really neat to see the pieces fall in place.”

When he bought the 400 tickets, the team was 1½ games out of first place. Now they're six games back.

“There was some risk involved in making the purchase,” he said, “but I told my club, ‘If fears outweigh faith, we shouldn't move forward.' ”

Marlow promises to produce a DVD slide show as a keepsake for everyone involved.

“I think this is a great way to kick off the school year,” Marlow said.

Call Marlow at 412-519-5226 to order tickets and mention a student's name. Those who earn the most mentions will win prizes. For information about the Shining Stars Foundation in Pittsburgh, call Lewis at 412-277-4386.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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