|MB Baseball Established Youth Diamond Charity Fund|
The Myrtle Beach Professional Baseball Club has established its charity foundation called The Youth Diamond Fund. This fund will benefit Horry County school-age youth by providing monies for athletic facilities such as baseball fields, athletic equipment, sports-related training for athletic coaches and teachers, and sports-related programs for children. It is estimated that the foundation will generate between $70,000 and $85,000 per year for charity.
“It is our belief that children should be exposed to athletics at an early age,” general manager Steve Malliet explained. He continued to say that children involved in sporting activities achieve above average grades in school and are more physically fit than sedentary children. “Additionally, we know that sports involvement helps children to develop the competitive spirit and team-working skills that will help them succeed throughout life,” public relations director Tracy Coyle said.
The fund will have 501(c)(3) status, so donations from individuals and businesses will be tax deductible as allowed by law. The board of directors for the fund is currently being established, and the first fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, May 12th during the Season Seat Meet at the All Star Café.
The Seat Meet is the deadline for season ticket holders to reserve their 1999 Season Tickets and be able to choose their seats from the stadium seating diagram. At this event, a silent auction will be held with all proceeds benefiting the Youth Diamond Fund. Over 40 items will be auctioned off including autographed Atlanta Braves memorabilia, a Joe Montana football & jersey, a Mickey Mantle signed & numbered print, Waterford crystal, sets of men’s and ladies golf clubs, and framed prints.
The public is welcomed to the All Star to participate in the auction and there is no charge for admission. For information on season tickets, the Season Seat Meet, or the Youth Diamond Fund auction call (803)946-7557.
Dinger, the team’s Home Run dog.