Local Cafe Hosts Baseball Team Fundraiser
By Cheryl Conway
The Mt. Olive Marauders 8U Travel Baseball team raised more than $1,000 this season for the team’s benefit thanks to a local restaurant that opened its door.
Caffé Margherita in Budd Lake hosted the fundraiser on Thursday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. About 70 people enjoyed “excellent Italian food” while raising funds for next year’s travel baseball team
The 13 players, seven and eight year olds, were asked to sell tickets to family and friends to attend the dinner. While the team has had other types of fundraisers in the past, like bake sales and concession stands, the dinner fundraiser was this team’s first.
Team parents were very grateful to the restaurant’s support and cooking the pasta dinner.
“It’s nice they did this for our kids,” says Angela O’Toole, mother of one of the baseball players. “They cooked for us; they let us have the room. We didn’t have to bring anything. It saved us money and time. Sometimes it gets expensive” having to rent a hall and the hassle of bringing their own food.
“On behalf of our team, thank you,” says O’Toole. “It was great help for our team to raise this money. The $1,000 will be used by the travel team next year to help offset the costs for uniforms, bags, field costs, empires.