Community Organization of the Night Program Unveiled

Program Promised at Crain's Presser Becomes Reality

Once PNC Field opens its gates this April, the best of the best among NEPA's non-profit groups will be recognized 72 times.

By John Sadak / Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders | January 16, 2013 5:00 AM ET

MOOSIC, Pa. - When Rob Crain was introduced as the new president and general manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise this summer, one of his key talking points centered on appreciating and recognizing those that do good things for NEPA. The vision he shared that day has now become reality as the RailRiders proudly announce their Community Organization of the Night program.

A total of 72 non-profit groups, one for each home game, will receive a tip of the cap and more throughout the 2013 season. The groups chosen will own the night on the front porch of NEPA. In addition to receiving four free field reserve seats, the group will also have a concourse table allowing them to pass out information on their organization and cause. Beyond that personal face-to-face time, each group will be have a live pre-game interview on the field that will be shown to all in attendance on PNC Field's state-of-the-art video board. The message will be further spread with a live in-game interview on the RailRiders' radio broadcast.

The Community Organization of the Night receives other perks like a ceremonial first pitch, their logo getting some time to shine on the video board and most of all, the chance to interact with the very folks they touch with their efforts.

"We are honored to highlight the great organizations that benefit our community," said Crain. "These people and their organizations do so much. If we can help get their message out in any way, we are humbly glad to do so."

Organizations that are interested in being the Community Organization of the Night are invited to contact SWB RailRiders' community relations manager Ryan Beardsley through e-mail at or by phone at 570-969-2255, ext. 3140.

The RailRiders' 2013 season gets underway with the grand opening of a reconstructed PNC Field on April 4 when the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox come to town for a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash with SWB. It will mark the first "Thirsty Thursday" promotion of the year with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products along with a pre-game live band performance and post-game fireworks. Club seating, partial and full-season ticket plans are now available.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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