As 12th Year Kicks Off, Miracle League Looks for Contributions

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On Friday, October 6, the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation will be hosting their annual Night of Comedy to Benefit the Miracle League of Mercer County.  Tickets are on sale now for $65 per person and include a fully catered dinner from Mastoris’, an open bar, and a ticket raffle sheet for the tricky tray items being auctioned off.

With the crack of the bat, the 12th season of the Miracle League of Mercer County (MLMC) swung into action on Saturday, September 9th.   Players and families from all over central New Jersey continue to flock to the place affectionately called “Sawmill Yards” every spring and fall, just for the chance to play a two-inning baseball game.   As recently as this spring, more than 80 children with disabilities participated in the Miracle League, setting an all-time record for turnout.

“This league is about opportunities, and taking advantage of them, “ says Dan Sczweck, Executive Director for the MLMC.  “For eight weeks every spring, and seven more weeks in the fall, we are providing not just a field for kids to do amazing things, but a total atmosphere of pure baseball fun that everyone can enjoy.   It does not get any better than this.”  Just ask MLMC Yankee star Aidan “The Hammer” Quinn.

“Dan thinks he can stop me from stealing bases.  He can’t do it!”

Quinn, a long-time league participant, is the career leader in stolen bases at MLMC.  In fact, he has so many, the records keepers have lost track.  Quinn was 6 for 6 in stolen base opportunities on Opening Day.

“The kid cannot be stopped, “ Sczweck admitted.  “He has a ‘green light’ at all times.”

Whether it’s Aidan Quinn, or “Sting” Ray Fantel, or Lorrenzo “The Hulk” Ferrigno, or Robbie “The Captain” Curci – these children arrive at Sawmill Yards with a smile, and leave with an even bigger one.

As a small non-profit organization, though, the Miracle League of Mercer County relies primarily on the generosity of local businesses, sponsors, and donors.  With each passing year, the beautiful Miracle Field at Sawmill Yards battles the off-season weather conditions.  “It’s starting to show it’s age, “ says Sczweck.  “Eventually, we may have to replace the entire field surface.”

This is where the Miracle League is calling on the community for help.

On Friday, October 6, the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation will be hosting their annual Night of Comedy to Benefit the Miracle League of Mercer County.  Tickets are on sale now for $65 per person and include a fully catered dinner from Mastoris’, an open bar, and a ticket raffle sheet for the tricky tray items being auctioned off.

One of the top prizes to win?  An autographed baseball from former New York Yankee Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, courtesy of the Trenton Thunder – a partner with the MLMC – and their General Manager Jeff Hurley, whom currently serves on the MLMC Board of Directors.

The goal for the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation and the MLMC is to pack the Nottingham Ballroom on October 6.  Sczweck makes it clear, “I want at least 250 people in the room.  Contributing to this organization is a no-brainer.”

To purchase tickets, contact Don Snedeker at dsnedekerii@yahoo.com

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