The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 26, 2013

Selinsgrove Moose give $5,000 to Selinsgrove Softball Boosters

SELINSGROVE — Tears filled Angela Longacre’s eyes when she learned the Selinsgrove Moose Lodge 1173 voted to donate $5,000 to the Selinsgrove Softball Boosters Club.

“It’s the largest contribution we’ve ever gotten,” said Longacre, president of the Boosters. “It literally brought tears to my eyes.”

Selinsgrove Moose Administrator Rick Shipe said members agreed to make the hefty donation after reading about the club’s 2 1/2-year quest to raise money to complete the dugouts.

The Booster Club is currently about $21,700 shy of the nearly $31,000 needed to complete the job, including shingled roofs, fencing, brick and trim work, adding electricity to the concession stand and a handicap-accessible walkway from North Broad Street to the dugouts.

Members of the local Moose organization agreed to pitch in $5,000, said Shipe, whose granddaughter plays softball.

“It’s what we’re supposed to do,” he said.

The Moose are required by law to spend 70 percent of the profits it receives operating small games of chance on public interest purposes.

Shipe said the 1,200 Moose members were recently informed that they must spend $50,000 by the end of May.

Other organizations that have received funds from the Moose include the Selinsgrove lacrosse team and local Scouts.

“We hope local merchants will see what our small group is doing and will help out the Boosters,” Shipe said.


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