Fairfield's 24 Hours of Baseball & Softball Charity Presents Check to St. Vincent's
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, youngsters from Fairfield Little League, Fairfield Girls’ Softball, and the Fairfield Chapter of the Challenger Softball Program presented a check to St. Vincent’s President Stuart Marcus, MD, and St. Vincent’s Foundation President Dianne Auger in the Medical Center’s main lobby.
The group raised more than $3000 and is giving St. Vincent’s a portion of it because “St. Vincent’s has positively impacted and helped so many in the community, and this is our way of trying to give back,” said fundraiser organizer and Fairfield Little League Coach Joe Mancini.
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The donation is from the proceeds of a new fundraiser held in June called 24 Hours of Baseball & Softball Charity Marathon, where 350 children from the leagues participated in a 24-hour marathon of baseball and softball at Tom Hayden Field in Fairfield over the Father’s Day weekend. The children obtained pledges and played in 90-minute sessions. Almost everyone from the World Series team participated in the fundraiser.
A new organization called “Hope Springs Eternal,” founded by Fairfield Little League coaches Joe Mancini and Bill Llewellyn, hosted the event with plans to make it an annual one. “The idea is to be a great learning experience for the kids in our community and to use our sport to raise money for good and preferably local causes, while bringing the people of the community together for a common purpose. We want to instill in the children a sense of responsibility, sacrifice, service and charity, and a feeling that they can make a difference and give back,” said Mancini. The organizers hope to spread the concept to surrounding communities and grow the fundraiser over time.