AUBURN, Mass. – Cats and dogs fell Saturday, bringing the Auburn Battle of the Dads softball charity event to an abrupt end. But before the rain got in the way, about $600 was raised for the Jimmy Fund.
The Auburn Little League 10-year-old Jimmy Fund Tournament Team invited adults to “play some softball, hit some home run bombs, hang out with some buddies, and earn/lose a few bragging rights” in the Battle of the Dads tournament July 28.
All proceeds from the event went to the Jimmy Fund, which has received more than $5,000 from the Little League team.
“We had a decent turnout considering the weather,” Auburn Little League Coach Dave Picard said. “However, the weather ended up doing us in about five innings in. We still ended up adding another $600 or so to our Jimmy Fund collection.
“Also, the Battle of the Dads was so much fun that there are many that would like to try and get the Little League to make it a regular annual event."
The Auburn youth baseball team raised money to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by asking for donations outside Wal-Mart and Shaw’s and selling wafer cookies and T-shirts.
With the $600 from Saturday’s event, the team collected $5,265.85 for the Jimmy Fund, beating its goal of $1,500.
“All in all a wonderful experience with a great group of parents, kids and supporters,” Picard said.
The team is likely the second highest fundraising team in the district, he said, earning it a trip to a Pawtucket Red Sox game.