Teenager Donates Funds To Challenger Baseball

September 27, 2009

West U teenager Celia Lewis recently donated $200 to help fund the city’s Challenger Baseball program, which gives children with mental and physical disabilities the chance to play ball with the help of older “buddies.”

Lewis had previously volunteered as a buddy for several years.

Celia Lewis (right) on Sept. 20 presents a $200 donation to Joni Hruska Fichter in support of the Challenger Baseball program.

Celia Lewis (right) on Sept. 20 presents a $200 donation to Joni Hruska Fichter in support of the Challenger Baseball program.

“Knowing that I helped other children, especially ones that face daily challenges, is very important to me,” she said. She raised the funds last spring as part of her Bat Mitzvah Tzedakah Project at Congregation Emanu El, and presented a check to Challenger supporter Joni Hruska Fichter on Sept. 20.

Kroger also recently donated $500, which the store raised with a barbeque during its grand opening.

Challenger Baseball players pay only $20 to participate, although the actual cost is about $300 per player, Fichter said. These types of donations are important to the program’s operations.

“This helps us offset costs for the kids to play little league,” she said. “It enables us to do things like go out of town to play.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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