Grove City received some big gifts from the community this week.

Grove City received some big gifts from the community this week.

On Monday, Sept. 21, Grove City Council voted unanimously to authorize agreements with the Mirolo Community Foundation and Mount Carmel Health System. Both organization are pledging gifts of $100,000 to be used for the construction and development of the Grove City Dream Field at Windsor Park.

The Dream Field is a specially built and designed baseball diamond for special needs children of all abilities, including those who use walkers and wheelchairs.

The grants will be awarded over a three-year period, said Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage.

"This is a real treat for the city and a real treat for our Little League board," Stage said. "It is a tremendous gift."

Grove City Little League board of directors member Ron Gabriel said what the board wanted to achieve and what Mount Carmel and the Mirolo Community Foundation wanted to achieve, "fit like a hand in a glove."

"On behalf of the board, we appreciate everyone ... who has contributed," Gabriel said.

Jason Koma, director of external affairs at Mount Carmel Health System, said he wanted to congratulate the Little League board of directors.

"This project is phenomenal," Koma said. "It's going to be a real gem for the community, and we're proud to be a part of it."

Both organizations will have their names enshrined at the Dream Field as part of the agreement. The Dream Field Stadium will be named "The Mount Carmel Stadium," and the Grove City Dream Field facilities will be known as the "The Mirolo Dream Field at Mount Carmel Stadium."

The Mirolo Charitable Foundation was founded in 1993 by Amelita Mirolo, a first generation American whose Italian parents founded a mosaic tile company in Columbus.

Mirolo, who died in 2006 and left instructions that the foundation be maintained in perpetuity, "dedicated her life to philanthropy and desired to leave a legacy of giving to those projects and organizations that were meaningful to her," according to the organization's website.

Work continues on the Dream Field. Gabriel said the Little League board has been told the field will be complete next week -- by Tuesday, Sept. 29.

"We're moving right along," Gabriel said. "We will have a ball game this year."

Donations are still being accepted for the Dream Field. For more information about the project, visit the website at