The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

March 18, 2014

Danville Little League makes $250,000 pitch

DANVILLE — For the first time ever, the Danville Area Little League has begun a capital campaign.

The goal of the “Hit a Home Run” Campaign is $250,000 for the league, founded 58 years ago in 1956.

Money raised from the three-year campaign will be used for one-time capital investment initiatives with the campaign continuing through March 2017, according to league vice president Tom Ciccarelli.

League volunteers hope to raise money for lights at two ball fields, four scoreboards, a stone foundation for the parking area, a used vehicle for maintenance and for investments at fields, dugouts and the concession stand at the Washies Complex.

He said this is the first and only major investment activity occurring in the past 30 years for the league, which receives no public money.

“This is a distinct capital event with a defined monetary goal,” he said.

More than 400 children participate annually in baseball and softball through the league.

He and league President Scott Shultz want to replace old lighting at two of four fields.

Ciccarelli said they hope to sponsor a large Challenger league tournament in 2015 at the fields.

“We are hoping it will be like the tournament in Virginia,” he said, referring to the event the Danville-based Challenger teams attend each year.

The Little League also will ask the Degenstein Foundation for financial support for lights for a field where Challenger youngsters would play and to bring the field up to code for handicapped accessibility. The dugout is handicapped-accessible. Players in the Challenger division of Little League have physical and or mental handicaps.

“We are trying to light a utility field at the Washies for the tournament,” Ciccarelli said. A sink hole, which has been repaired, damaged the utility field.

“This tournament would bring a tremendous amount of tourism to Danville,” he said.

Danville Little League has six main fields for playing, including four at the Washies complex and two at the Echo Complex near the old F.Q. Hartman Football Stadium.

The league is supported by fundraising, concession sales and registrations.

Donations should be made to the “Hit a Home Run” Campaign and sent to P.O. Box 224, Danville. Checks should be made payable to the Danville Area Little League.

Todd Gibson is serving as chairman of the capital campaign.

The volunteer Little League sponsors activities for ages 4 to 6 in T-ball, ages 6 to 8 in baseball and coaches pitch, ages 7 to 9 in AAA and kids pitch, ages 9 to 12 in majors, ages 13 to 16 in junior and senior, softball minor, softball major and softball Challenger programs.

Opening ceremonies for Little League begin at 10:30 a.m. April 12 at the Washies complex.


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