Sunday, September 19, 2010
Homers for Hiltzy Jr.
This Saturday, Tony along with the boys of MNBL hosted a home run derby to benefit one of their own. Brian Hiltz tragically lost his 6-year-old son, Brian Jr. in August. So incredibly heartbreaking, I cannot even comprehend what kind of hell it is to lose a child. Life is so fragile.
The benefit was to help offset the costs of the services, and anything extra raised would go to The Make A Wish Foundation. Tony really stepped up and took the reigns on planning this with a few other members of the league. It took many hours and effort, and it showed. I'm so proud of him. And I truly appreciate and admire our community for coming together in support of a local family. In the face of such sadness, it gives me the warm 'n fuzzies.
Tony pitching to his dad.
Tony was a trooper and the first one to volunteer for the dunk tank.
This girl and her friend were out for blood!
He got a little wet.
We're not sure exactly how many people were there, but we'd say at least 300 or so. Tons of little kids, bouncy house, dunk tank, raffle, etc. The homerun derby had about 90 participants ranging in age from 5 to 60 years old. It was a fantastic, fun family event, and they hope to repeat it each year.
Great event. Well done, boys.