By Bri Sayasithsena (JMU Class of 16)
Saturday May 21, 2016, little leaguers will gear up to hit balls in support of bat-a-thon. Bat-a-thon is a yearly fundraiser put on by the Harrisonburg Little League. Beginning in 2005, the players raised money to fund every aspect of spending for the little league.
Players have the opportunity to go up to bat—with every ball they hit they earn a point, for each point earned children get the chance to win a prize. This fundraiser “Helps keep registration costs down—we [HLLA] have the lowest costs in the valley” said Dean Warlitner, President of HLLA.
Players and their family are expected to raise at least $50. Participants may earn more prizes by raising over the $50 minimum. With each dollar they raise they are issued a ticket. Just like at an arcade, players can cash in their tickets for prizes. This year’s prizes include movies, games, toys and much more.
For those who raise $100 or more they will be entered into a drawing for $500. For each additional $100 raised will also be another chance to win the grand prize. Last year’s event raised close to $7,000 for the league, this year, our goal this year is $10,000.
Parents and players have multiple ways of fundraising:
HLLA is also in search of volunteers to help out with the event, for more information on how you can get involved please email HLLA vice president, Crystal Brown at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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