Lycoming Students Raise Nearly $1,000 for Little League Museum’s Mascot Exhibit

Nearly $1,000 was raised to refurbish the original costume for Little League Baseball and Softball’s mascot through fund-raising events coordinated by students as part of their Business 244 Class at Lycoming College.

The funds raised by the class will be used to showcase the original Dugout costume when the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum reopens in June. The museum is closed and is undergoing extensive exhibit renovations.

The donation was presented to representatives of the Little League Museum by Nicole Gramlich, who served as chief financial officer for the student firm, Vitality Management Consulting. Accepting it on behalf of the museum were Lance Van Auken, Vice President and Executive Director of the museum, and Janice L. Ogurcak, Director of Public Programming and Outreach.

The majority of the donation came from proceeds raised during activities that were part of the Fall Ball Festival held at Little League International complex on Nov. 4. Students organized games and raffles for children and adults and also sought donations from businesses.

The student group, in addition to Ms. Gramlich, includes Jude Bubeck, Kabongo Bukasa, Jared Dietz, Cody Giles, Andrea Herrmann, Kacie Higgins, Vanessa Kasper, Pierce Lawver, Nhi Ngo and Robert Rinaldi.
Students were required to develop a fund-raising program and see it through fruition. Mrs. Ogurcak served as the students’ mentor and Dr. Neil Boyd is the professor.

The students will give a public presentation about their project at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Honors Hall at Lycoming College.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

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