Thursday, August 11 2022

The Hiawatha Championship Sports Complex continues to move closer to reality, as the Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Club held its first annual Double Play fundraising dinner last week, which was greeted with attendance and a exceptional reception.

The event, hosted by the HBSC Board of Directors, included a Country Cabin meal, desserts from the Fiabesco Bakery, music by Voice contestant Matt Snook, a live sports memorabilia auction and a 50/50 raffle, and entertainment by Howl at the Moon Duel Pianos. Cody Askren provided auctioneer services, with baseball and softball players from Hiawatha serving tables, and Ryan Van Persum working as the evening’s emcee.

HBSC President Ryan Meininger said that with over 200 visitors in attendance, the group raised over $ 20,000, but the organization of the event was far more than the immediate money raised.

“Of course, our goal was to raise funds, but we also want to continue to build momentum and enthusiasm for this project,” Meininger said. “We wanted to let our donors know that despite our new group and new board of directors, we are serious and committed to this project and are ready to work to make it happen. “

The HBSC is currently raising funds for Phase I of the Hiawatha Championship Sports Complex, which is an indoor training facility, complete with turf, pitchers and batting cages. At the end of this part of the project, the next target will be to add a softball field in Noble Park and then rework the current baseball field.

The Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Club would like to thank everyone who attended the dinner, as well as those who helped plan, set up and work on the event.


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