Little League All-Stars raise money for Jimmy Fund
Westborough – Light rain did not dampen the spirits of dozens of families who turned out July 25 for a Home Run Derby and Family Field Day at the Target Little League Fields. The event, sponsored by the Westborough Little League 10-Year-Old All- Star team, was held from 4 to 7 p.m. to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
In addition to a Home Run Derby, the event included a tugof war, relay races, arts and crafts, a bouncy house, and concession booths. There were also raffles for prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, Worcester Tornado game tickets, and Red Sox game tickets.
One of the event organizers, Jen McGrath, said she was hoping close to $1,000 would be raised at the event. The fund-raising efforts for the team run from mid- June through the end of July, she explained. This year’s team goal is $5,000. McGrath estimated the team will end its eff orts with between $7,000 and $8,000.
In addition to the Home Run Derby and Family Field Day, team players have been going door-to-door in their uniforms to collect money. The group also sponsored a Strike Out Cancer Read-a-Thon.
Little League Baseball All- Stars throughout New England participate in the annual Jimmy Fund Little League Program. According to the program website, Little League teams contributed more than $275,000 in 2009. Since 1987, nearly $3 million has been raised for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
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