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Monday, April 2, 2012
Frundraising drive for Krueger Field grandstand underway!

Spring had definitely arrived and baseball season is finally here! 

If you’ve taken a close look along Hwy. 78 in Perham, the old grandstand at Krueger Field is GONE!   A temporary backstop is going up soon and the area where the old grandstand was will be leveled off.

Now comes the next step.  Building the new grandstand.

While temporary seating should be in place for the Yellowjacket season opener on April 10 against Park Rapids, the plans are well underway to build a new grandstand at the ball park.

BUT, that grandstand won’t go up without some funding.  That’s where YOU come in.  A fundraising effort is underway to construct a new grandstand with the hopes of having it up and ready by mid-summer.  The total estimated cost for he project is around $300,000.  The committee that has been meeting to manage the project is hoping to bring that number down with possible donations in materials and/or labor for construction.

So far, about $70,000 has been pledged, led by donations by the City of Perham and the Perham Athletic Association, by use of funds that had been generated from the State Amateur Baseball Tournament held at Krueger Field in 1995.

Several community members who have been involved in the grandstand project are contacting businesses and individuals for a fundraising drive over the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully you will be contacted in person by somebody regarding a donation,

BUT, if you haven’t been contacted, and are interested in making a pledge, please e-mail: Fred Sailer at fsailer@perham.k12.mn.us,  Larry Mollins at lmollins@arvig.net, or John George at lakesareasports@arvig.net.

The new grandstand will be wheel chair accessible and will seat 450 people, featuring a full roof and a top-row “plaza”, where you can stand with a counter in front of you to hold your food, drinks or scorebook.

You can donate any amount.  From $50 to $500 to $5,000.  As the project unfolds each contributor will be recognized on our “Wall of Fame” at Krueger Field.  If you have a construction skill your contribution could be in the form of labor.   Pledges may be made over a 3-year period for individuals and over 5-year period for businesses.

 

How can you help?  Join our all-star pitching staff:

Middle Relief-These players gobble up innings so the rest of the staff can perform at their best.  Often times they are young “guns” refining their trade or wise, old veterans at the end of their career. 

Contribution category: $200-$1,499.

 

Set up Specialists-    Their contribution bridges the gap between the starters and victory.  With the game on the line you can count on them to get you to the 9th inning with the lead.  The really great ones make it possible to leave the closers on the shelf for another day.

Contribution category: $1,500-$5,000

 

Long Relief-Key players.  These teammates add flexibility to the staff, they have the endurance to pitch deep into the game and they have the toughness to be ready whenever they are called upon.

Contribution Category: $5,000-$20,000

 

Starters-The heart of any great team is the starting rotation; they are required to get the team off to a great start so the rest of the team can do what needs to be done.  Starters have the courage to take the ball with the intent to go the distance; they are the first ones to “toe the slab”.

Contribution category: $20,000-$49,900

 

Closers-Every great team and organization has people who can “Finish”.  With these people on your team you can elevate from middle of the pack to League Champions. 

Contribution category: $50,000 plus

Posted By John George
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