Shea Brenneman, who plays right field for the New Hamburg peewees, collects pink flamingos from the lawn outside TLC Pet Foods.
The New Hamburg Peewee Heat fastball team’s fund-raising drive is in full flight. The team is currently planting flocks of pink flamingos outside local homes and businesses, then collecting a donation to move the plastic birds to a new spot, chosen by the previous donor.
Another fundraiser took place on Aug. 6, when the Heat, along with the coaches, parents and siblings, soaked and scrubbed over 80 vehicles and fed hundreds of mouths during their community car wash and barbecue.
The boys cleaned everything from a smart car to a tractor and everything in between during the day.
No vehicle was too large for the Pee Wee Heat Boys as they cleaned a tractor and a pick-up during their community car wash and barbecue. Left to Right: Carson Hammer, Brady Gerber, Marcus Roth, Avery Fried, Matt Ramseyer, Colin Hammer, Jake Simpson, Daniel Mackenzie, Tyler Randerson, Shea Brenneman. Standing: Alan Cunning from Premier Equipment and Eric Dakin
The car wash and barbecue saw friends, family, neighbours, ball fans and other members of the community donate towards the team.
“We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful community,” said Ian Mackenzie, father of one of New Hamburg’s ball players. “The support we have received has been incredible.”
The team is raising funds for their August trip to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships. This championship, which hosts the best teams from Ontario to Newfoundland, has been running since 1976.
Last year, an Ontario team, Chepstow, took the gold medal with the help of New Hamburg native, Tyler Randerson, pitching for the team.
This year, New Hamburg Heat is one of two teams representing Ontario with 13 boys making the trip. Eleven boys from New Hamburg and Baden and a player from both Shakespeare and Cobourg have been picked up to compliment the Team Ontario roster.
This is the first time a team from New Hamburg has made it to these championships.
The team is also organizing a corporate sponsorship banner. The sponsorship banner will be making the trip out to Nova Scotia with the team.
If you are interested in being a part of the Corporate Sponsorship Program, please contact Deanna Dakin at 519-662-1482 by the end of this week.
Next weekend, the Pee Wee Heat team is off to Ponsonby (near Guelph) for the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) finals. They will compete against teams as far away as Napanee and Cobourg and some local teams such as Shakespeare and Kitchener- Waterloo.
To follow the team, check out their Facebook page, New Hamburg Heat Pee Wee Boys.
The team thanks all the businesses that helped make the car wash and barbecue a success. The team also extends special thanks to the coaches, Dave Randerson, Paul Hammer, Dwight Brenneman, and Nathan Roth for their incredible dedication.
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