The Grove City Little League Board of Directors started this year with a new designation aimed to help its fundraising.
On Jan. 2, the Grove City Little League board of directors received certification as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
With that designation, organizations and individuals can now make tax-deductible donations to the board's campaign to raise $250,000 for a "dream field," a baseball diamond accessible for special needs children of all abilities, at Windsor Park.
"It allows us to raise (more) money," said board President Jay Pozz.
Jack Widner, the board treasurer, said the league received a number of pledges toward the park project from people and organizations that were waiting on the confirmed non-profit status.
"So many larger, corporate donations were being held up," Widner said. "There are so many pledges out there and waiting."
To date, Widner said the board has managed to raise about one-fifth of its goal. Even without the confirmed non-profit status, the board has been able to collect donations.
During the holiday season, the Sons of the American Legion hosted a charity dinner, with steaks donated by Walmart, generating $1,800 for the campaign, Pozz said.
"We did relatively well for our first year," Pozz said. "We were hoping to start this spring. There's still a lot to be done. It's quite a big undertaking."
Widner said it now comes down to fundraising for the board this year. "We'll see what happens," Widner said. "We're hopeful."
Presently, there's only one other Dream Field in central Ohio, Widner said, and that's in Dublin. "We know of eight families (in Grove City) that participate at Dublin," he said. "It's so overcrowded there. There is a need for it (here)."
Anyone interested in donating to the Little League board's Dream Field campaign may contact Widner at 614-875-2052, Pozz at 614-875-3757 or board member Larry Thomas at 614-738-8361.
"They can contact any of us, and we'll be happy to talk with them," Widner said. For more information, visit gclittleleague.com.