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Butler Blue Sox make pitch to local PTO

| Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Butler's summer league baseball team is helping a local elementary school with its Tuesday home opener at Pullman Park.

The Butler Blue Sox agreed to donate $2.80 from each game ticket that the Emily Brittain Parent Teacher Organization pre-sold back to the organization, according to the PTO. It raised more than $500, selling 203 tickets, according to PTO Market Day coordinator Judy Volchko.

“These are local college kids playing, and it's somewhere where you can go for a reasonable price, have a fun night with the family, get a hot dog and a drink, and you're not going to pay an arm and a leg,” Volchko said.

For many elementary school students, the park is within walking distance of their homes.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, along with others held this year, pay for field trips, school parties and other events that the school likely could not otherwise afford, said Volchko, 65, of Butler. Her granddaughter, Chloe Paulisick, attends fourth grade at Emily Brittain.

Along with the game, the school sponsored an art contest highlighting the team, and the winning student received two tickets to the game, while the artwork will be on display at the park. Other children who have participated in fundraising efforts through the school year also received free tickets, and one student will be chosen to throw out the first pitch Tuesday.

“We want to make sure people who may not otherwise get to come to a game have the opportunity to do so. It also gives them some ownership in the team. It gets them involve,” said attorney Ray Conlon of Butler, one of the Blue Sox's owners.

Additional information about the fundraising program is available from www.butlerbluesox.net, under the ticket section, or by calling 724-256-9994 or emailing FrontOffice@ButlerBlueSox.net.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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