The Erie SeaWolves, Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, are partnering with MECA, Inc, to raise funds to build the first barrier-free baseball field in Erie County. The project, known as a Miracle League Field, will enable individuals with physical and mental disabilities to safely play baseball on a cushioned, wheelchair-accessible playing surface.
On Thursday, August 16, the SeaWolves Community Fund will host its first ever Diamond Dinner fundraiser on the infield at UPMC Park from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Miracle League of Erie County. The Diamond Dinner will include live entertainment, raffle prizes, a live auction, catering from top local restaurants and cocktails from area breweries and wineries. Attendees will have the chance to meet SeaWolves players, Detroit Tigers guests and the stars of Erie’s own Miracle League.
“The nearest Miracle League Field is about 100 miles away,” SeaWolves Team President Greg Coleman said. “With the support of the community, we can enhance a neighborhood park and create a safe and welcoming environment where kids and adults can play ball, develop skills, and build friendships.”
Tickets for the Diamond Dinner are $85 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. In addition, the Diamond Dinner committee is seeking a wide array of raffle prizes and live auction items.
For more information about the Miracle League Project and to purchase Diamond Dinner tickets visit MiracleLeagueErie.com.
The SeaWolves return to UPMC Park on Friday, April 27 as they host Tim Tebow and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) at 6:05 p.m. Friday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a SeaWolves fleece blanket courtesy of Pepsi. For tickets, visit the UPMC Park ticket office (M-F, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or visit SeaWolves.com.
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES COMMUNITY FUND
The SeaWolves Community Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Erie region. The SeaWolves Community Fund places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on baseball, education, and wellness by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission.
ABOUT MECA, INC
MECA, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) and has been in the community serving children and adults with any disability and their families. They run an adaptive baseball program and assist the senior citizen population through the J.O.Y. Senior Center. MECA’S Representative Payee Program provides financial management services for individuals identified by the Social Security Administration as needing help managing their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Fiduciary services are also provided to Veterans. Through these programs we service over 260 clients and their families in the community.
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