AUBURN, Mass. — The Friends of Pappas Recreation Complex Corp donated $17,500 to Auburn Monday night for construction of baseball and softball dugouts at the town-owned recreation facility, which includes a $4,000 grant from Home Depot.
The remaining $13,500 funds were raised through fundraising efforts of the “Friends” and contributions from local businesses, grants and Auburn residents.
“The donation we are making is part of our ongoing effort to continue the development of the Pappas Complex. Home Depot has also shown a tremendous commitment by not only rewarding “The Friends” this grant, but they will also be donating the labor to build the dugouts”, said Kathy Kirk, president of the Friends.
"Part of our core values is to reach out to communities," said Michael Pikiel, assistant store manager at Home Depot, who said the hope is to get working on constructing the first two dugouts as soon as the snow starts to melt.
"Our goal is to help them with at least two more, if not four more dugouts," said Pikiel.
The main focus of “The Friends” moving forward is to raise funds for a state of the art playground to be located at the Pappas Recreation Complex.
Furthermore, the group was recently notified that a generous donor will match dollar for dollar any funds raised for the playground, up to a total of $100,000.
This means that if $100,000 can be raised, the donor will match with $100,000 for a total of $200,000.
“We are excited about this development, but we need help from the generous people of Auburn, businesses, grants and anyone willing to volunteer to support this great cause.”
The Friends of Pappas Recreation Complex Corp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation.
Its members include President Kathy Kirk, Treasurer Tony Benvenuti, Secretary Patti Verderese, Jenny Labonte, Dennis Knight, Michael Murphy and Dave Domenick