Richmond, Va.-Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities, in conjunction with the Richmond City Parks and Recreation department, are pleased to announce the official launch of the inaugural Smooch-A-Pig fundraising campaign. The Smooch-A-Pig campaign begins March 25th and incorporates 10 Richmond celebrity candidates and community leaders in a variety of fundraising tactics. The objective is to raise significant funds for "Operation Renovation", an impactful community project designed to renovate 12 Richmond City youth baseball facilities (specific facilities listed below). The celebrity candidates (also listed below) will campaign in an effort to raise funds from March 25th to July 17th. The "winner" (whoever raises the most money) will smooch Parker the Rally Pig at home plate prior to the Flying Squirrels game on July 17th.
"This is our most involved and ambitious community endeavor to date," said Squirrels' Vice President & COO Todd "Parney" Parnell. "These community leaders have stepped up to assist in the much needed renovation of 12 Richmond City Youth facilities. This is phase one of a four year plan to raise $750,000 for these fields and to revitalize youth baseball within the area."
The four phases for Operation Renovation are projected as follows: Phase 1- build 24 dugouts on 12 designated youth baseball fields in Richmond; Phase 2 - improve these same playing fields; Phase 3 - develop the Henderson Complex into a Little League Complex, including the concessions building; Phase 4- recover and renovate unused fields as demands dictate.
The Smooch-A-Pig campaign will direct donors and constituents to a secure, dedicated, SSL certified website to collect contributions. Donors will then have the option to choose which Smooch-A-Pig campaign participant they would like to support. Proceeds, regardless of which candidate they are donated through, go directly to Operation Renovation. Additionally, a Celebrity Big Gloves Boxing Match will be held at The Diamond on May 17th. One match already set on the event card features the top two Flying Squirrels executives, Chuck "Dukin" Domino vs.Todd "Parney" Parnell. Tickets are just $10 and will be available for purchase online or through the Flying Squirrels Box Office in advance of the event.
The Smooch-A-Pig Participants:
Kim Scheeler, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
Jack and Melissa, 103.7 River Mornings
Latrell Scott,Virginia State University Head Football Coach .
Jon Bibbs, Richmond Prep School Administrator
Dan Schmitt, RMC Events President
Barry Moore, Volvo of Midlothian
Cla Meredith, Former MLB Player
Norman Way, Puritan Cleaners Director of Operations
Matt DiNardo, WRIC TV Meteorologist
Lisa Watkins, Coca-Cola East Region Key Account Development Manager
Operation Renovation Youth Baseball Fields
Battery Park, 2000 Fendall Ave.
Belemeade, 1800 Lynhaven Ave.
Bill Robinson, 701 N. 37th St.
Blackwell, 16th & Everett St.
Calhoun, 436 Calhoun St.
Chandler, 201 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
Hotchkiss, (Two Fields) 701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
Lucks Field, Rodgers & T St.
Powhatan, 5051 Northampton Ave.
Westover, (Two Fields) 1301 Jahnke Rd.
The celebratory 5th season of Flying Squirrels baseball begins April 10th at The Diamond. Single-game tickets, mini plans, season tickets and group packages for the 2014 season of Flying Squirrels baseball are available by contacting the box office at 804-359-3866 or online at squirrelsbaseball.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.