Upstate NY CMT Raises $2,000 for CMT Research with ValleyCats Baseball Benefit

On August 12, the Upstate NY CMT support & action group’s CMT Awareness Night! All-You-Can-Eat Picnic Benefit with the ValleyCats baseball team was a great success raising $2,000, for the CMTA’s  STAR research initiative, which will be doubled with the challenge grant.

Melinda SouthPaw Cheryl

Melinda SouthPaw Cheryl

The ValleyCats made an announcement over the PA, and recognized our Charcot-Marie-Tooth group on the scoreboard. Also, SouthPaw, the mascot, tossed CMTA t-shirts into the crowd.

The weather was perfect. We enjoyed great food and time with family, friends and coworkers as the ValleyCats swept their second doubleheader in three days at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

Upstate NY CMT Awareness Table
photo by Paula Bossert

Support group members and friends won the raffle baskets, which Melinda Lang, facilitator, put together with donated and a few purchased items including:  a Wine Lovers Basket, a Scrap booking basket,Catamont Adventure Park tickets, A Day at the Track in Saratoga, a Girl’s Night Out basket with Saratoga Performing Art Center tickets, a Rumor’s Spa facial certificate, wine & chocolate, a BBQ lovers basket, a Sportsmen’s basket, and the Grand Prize, round trip air fare tickets worth up to $800 with Southwest.

Wayne & Claudia Win Wine Lovers Basket

Wayne & Claudia Win Wine Lovers Basket

In addition, I obtained many items for the silent auction such as: an autographed NY Jetsfootball, an autographed Nets basketball coach photograph, gift certificates for Chocolate dipped fruit, Nuns of New Skete cheesecake, a golf putter, autographed books from the Monks of New Skete including, “How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” , a bus trip, and various gift cards.

We were very fortunate to have Elizabeth Ouelette, support groupliaison, join us. She immediately went to work selling raffle tickets, and her son Yohan voluntered to help by handing out programs.

Our support group member, Paula Bossert, took some photos, while we all enjoyed a fun night with family, friends, and coworkers in raising awareness and funds for CMT!

Grand Prize Winner Round Trip Air Fare Southwest

Grand Prize Winner Round Trip Air Fare Southwest

Cheryl Melinda Olivia
photo by Paula Bossert
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One Response to Upstate NY CMT Raises $2,000 for CMT Research with ValleyCats Baseball Benefit

  1. Pingback: “Starry Night” Shining on Art for a Cure Benefits the CMTA’s STAR initiative. | Living Well with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth)

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