United Fund makes another donation

Friday, March 18, 2011
The Barry-Lawrence Area United Fund presented a check for $2,000 to the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League at the Monett North Park ball fields. Pictured above, from left, are: Dustin Stellwagen, adult softball league president; Larry Howard, City of Monett park foreman; Russ Balmas, City of Monett park superintendent; Scott Mark, City of Monett assistant groundskeeper; Mike Brownsberger, city commissioner and United Fund board member; Ken Dudzik, United Fund president; Kirk Verhoff, MYBSL president; and Ken Gaspar, MYBSL treasurer. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]

A large group gathered for a check presentation at the Monett North Park baseball fields last Friday. The Barry-Lawrence Area United Fund presented a $2,000 check to the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League (MYBSL).

The check was delivered by Ken Dudzik, president of the United Fund, and Mike Brownsberger, a long-time United Fund board member, to Kirk Verhoff, MYBSL president.

"The United Fund is pleased to continue to support the 450 youngsters who benefit from the activities provided by the 50 volunteers that support the league," said Dudzik.

"We are also very thankful to the many individuals and organizations that supported the United Fund during this difficult financial period," added Dudzik.

The group gathered at one of the newly groomed baseball fields at the park. Verhoff said the high quality dirt on the field was made possible through money donated by the United Fund. The dirt consists of lava rock and is mixed with clay and sand.

Donations from the United Fund are also used to provide scholarships to families who are unable to afford the league registration fees and to purchase player equipment such as batting helmets, catcher's gear and bats.

"The funds we receive from the Barry-Lawrence United Fund help us maintain one of the lowest registration fees in the area," said Ken Gaspar, MYBSL treasurer.

"The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League is greatly appreciative of the support of the Barry-Lawrence United Fund and especially appreciative of all the supporters within the community," added Gaspar.

According to Verhoff, the 2011 MYBSL season will open on the evening of Friday, April 29 with opening ceremonies.

The MYBSL's mission is to provide a fun, safe and educational environment in which to engage area children in the fundamentals of baseball and softball. The league stresses the importance of sportsmanship and competition, the camaraderie of team sports and opportunity to build lasting relationships.

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