As part of Muhlenberg Township Night on Saturday, May 2nd at 6:35 p.m., the Reading Fightin Phils will be donating all proceeds from Saturday night's Savage61 Toss-A-Ball fundraiser to benefit the Derrick Redcay Strong fund.
The LEO Club of Muhlenberg High School will be selling the Toss-A-Balls at a table in Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza Fans once gates open and then throughout the game. At the conclusion of the game, those with Toss-A-Balls will be able to try their hand at an array of prizes, including a chance to win a place in the Savage61 Toss-A-Ball finals at the end of the season.
On April 24, 18 year-old Muhlenberg High School senior Derrick Redcay suffered a rare stroke to his spinal cord that severed his nerves at the C4-C6 area. As a result, Redcay no longer has sensations and movement below his neck and needs assistance with breathing, which his family hopes is temporary.
Derrick is a member of the high school varsity baseball team, the Alsace Lutheran Church Youth Group, and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, earned by maintaining a 3.5 GPA since the 9th grade. Derrick is also a volunteer firefighter with the Goodwill Fire Company, helping out at a 5-alarm blaze in the township less than 24 hours before he was stricken. Derrick has been accepted to the University of New Haven to study Fire Science.
The Derrick Redcay Strong fund has been set up to assist with the ongoing expenses related to the support and care of Derrick and his family. The immediate need is a wheelchair accessible van and modifications to their home. Local Fire Companies, Ambulance, Police Department, Township and school officials and members of their church Alsace Lutheran are joining forces in fundraising efforts. The community response has been heartwarming.
Those who cannot make Saturday night's game can also donate directly to the Derrick Redcay Strong fund at this link: http://gfwd.at/1fqx3bp
Saturday's game will also feature a post-game fireworks show presented by Asher's Chocolates and the first Fightin Phils Mascot Band performance of the season during the pre-game. Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the seating bowl opening at 5:30 p.m.
Season tickets, mini-plans, group tickets, and single game tickets for the 2014 season at FirstEnergy Stadium are available by visiting Fightins.com, calling the Fightin Phils Ticket Office at 610-370-BALL, or by visiting the Fightin Phils Ticket Office in person at FirstEnergy Stadium. Follow the Fightin Phils on Twitter at @ReadingFightins and like them on Facebook via Facebook.com/fightins.