The Minnequa Social Club recently donated $20,000 to Shippensburg Little League for their “Operation Under the Lights” capital campaign for new field lights at Doc Norcross Stadium.
According to Josh Fritz, safety officer of Shippensburg Little League, the Minnequa donation is the largest contribution for the new lights by any one organization or individual.
On Feb. 24, strong winds knocked over one of the field lights, and landed on top of the field’s concession stand. As a result, the nonprofit was tasked with raising $145,000 because the loss of one light pole rendered the entire system non-compliant with the International Little League lighting standards and a safety audit.
Fritz said the Minnequa Club donation, coupled with other donations and grants, brings the total raised to about $70,000.
These funds are also put toward offsetting payments for a loan used to cover a portion of the project.
“It’s just overwhelming the support that we have in the Shippensburg community, and places like Minnequa supporting the league, helping us get to that goal of making this happen for the kids and this community,” Fritz said.
Fritz described Minnequa as always being “very generous” supporters of the league.
The new system will support the local nonprofit that offers baseball, softball and T-ball programs to Shippensburg and parts of Chambersburg. Doc Norcross Stadium is located on South Fayette Street, across from the Shippensburg Commons plaza.
“Everyone knows Doc Norcross, and the lights on Friday night,” Fritz said. “It’s one of those things that you must have in Shippensburg.”
Fritz said they are hoping to have the lights installed by the end of this month, or the beginning of next month. The nonprofit also plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for all of the donors near the end of the month.
More information may also be obtained by calling: (717) 729-5361.
All checks should be made payable to the Shippensburg Area Little League (Lighting Fund in memo) and can be mailed to:
Shippensburg Area Little League, Attn: Rebecca Kessler, P.O. Box 461, Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.