Following the overwhelming support from the Muhlenberg Township community to raise funds for the Derrick Redcay Strong fund on Saturday, May 3rd's game, the Reading Fightin Phils will be hosting Redcay Strong Community Day at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. thanks to Savage 61, Forino, and Lowe's.
Admission to the event is free for all ages. A $10 wristband for unlimited access to children's activities during the afternoon will also be available at the event.
As part of the day's festivities, Savage 61 will be donating a brand new 2014 Dodge Dart to be raffled off at $10/ticket. All money earned through the raffle will go to the Redcay Strong fund. Savage 61 will also be coordinating a handicap accessible van for Derrick and his family.
Lowe's will also be donating supplies to the Redcay family in order for them make the family garage accessible for Derrick.
The event benefits the Derrick Redcay Strong fund, which has been set up to assist with the ongoing expenses related to the support and care of Derrick and his family. Local fire companies, ambulance, police department, township, and school officials have joined forces with his church Alsace Lutheran in the fundraising efforts.
On April 24, 18 year-old Muhlenberg High School senior 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.
Volunteers from the Redcay Strong fund will be on hand June 14th to sell Redcay Strong t-shirts, bracelets, and decals with the proceeds going to the fund.
The day of fun will feature live music on the Weston Center Winning Smiles Stage. In addition, businesses, organizations, and individuals will be running stands, games, and activities throughout Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza. A list of the activities can be found below:
• Face Painting-Goodwill Fire Company
• Gatorade/Lemonade Stand-Mason Yeager
• Bake Sale-Alsace Lutheran Church
• Dunk Tank-Reading Education Association
• Chair Massage-BTI
• Cotton Candy-Ethosource
• Moon Bounce-Ethosource
• Pony Rides (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)-Ananda Farm
• Door Prizes/Raffle-Lori Pottinger
• Kids Fire Fighter Hose Shoot-Temple Fire Company
• Children's Games (Duck Pone, Lollipop Tree, and more)-Alsace Lutheran Church
• Fish Pond-Mary Heister
• Bean Bag Toss-Muhlenberg Ambulance
• Chair Massage Station-United Artists
Fightin Phils concession stands will be open during the event from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information regarding the Redcay Strong fund and how you can donate, visit RedcayStrong.org.
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 www.facebook.com/fightins.