Charity softball games feature former New England Patriots
By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Brooklyn - posted Mon., May. 21, 2012
AMVETS Post 47 and the Rite Aid Distribution Center hosted the third annual Children’s Miracle Network softball game fundraiser on the post grounds in Brooklyn on May 19. The proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The Children’s Miracle Network was founded in Salt Lake City in 1983 by Marie Osmond and supports children’s hospitals across the country. “Rite Aid is a major supporter of ours,” said network officer Scott Organek, “and it’s wonderful that their employees help out with events like this.”
Three teams competed in a round-robin format, and not all the participants were directly involved with Rite Aid or AMVETS. Former New England Patriot players Patrick Pass, Harold Shaw and Ed Ellis added thump to each of the teams.
“We got to know Patrick through his father-in-law, whose company is doing renovations at our plant,” said Rite Aid Plant Manager Kai Goto. “When he heard about the game, he immediately volunteered and brought along Harold and Ed in the bargain.”
The event has raised more than $20,000 over the three years of its existence. Goto gave credit for coming up with the idea for the annual game to Billy Jo Robichaud, an employee at the distribution plant.
“The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center saw 32,000 patients last year,” said Organek. “No child is ever turned away. The network is supported by private donations, fundraising efforts like these, and insurance.”
For more information or to make a donation, go to www.connecticutchildrens.org.