2002-07-27 / Community

Family Night At Keyspan Park

A Rockaway Sellout

It is not often that a fundraiser is such a large success that money is turned back to those who want to contribute, but that is just what has happened in the case of Peninsula Hospital Center’s sponsorship of "Family Night At Keyspan Park."

The fundraiser features tickets to the Wednesday, July 31 Brooklyn Cyclones game at the Coney Island Park, and those tickets for games of the Mets affiliate double-A franchise are completely sold out for the season.

"We felt that a ‘Family Baseball Night’ would be appreciated, but we never anticipated the wildly enthusiastic response, causing a sellout as quickly as it did," event coordinator Nancy Verdakis said in her letter to disappointed donators. ""Unfortunately, we were sold out prior to the receipt of your application."

It will be an "All-Rockaway Night" at the ballpark. Dr. Peter Galvin, a staff member at the hospital and a member of the County Tyrone Pipe Band, will "pipe in" the color guard, while another hospital staffer, Dr. Jeanne Banks, will sing the National Anthem. Joining the Cyclones players on the field for the anthem will be Rockaway youth who participate in various little league sports on the peninsula, as well as three of their coaches.

The first pitch will be thrown by PHC administrator Bob Levine.

The first 2,500 children 14-years-of-age and under who enter the stadium will be presented with Cyclones pennants.

All of the proceeds from the game will go towards funding the hospital’s new oncology unit.

Sponsors for the Family Night include Versakis Associates, Delta Appraisal Services, Caucig Utilities, Vintage Abstract Company, Valentine Printing Corporation, Courier Life Publications, Rockaway Point News and The Wave Publishing Company.

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