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Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Healthy Kids

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


All American sports and charity fit nicely together – especially on the evening of Wednesday, July 12, when the Rochester Royals take to Frontier Field for a ball game that will donate 100 percent of its profits to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

The Royals are part of The New York Collegiate Baseball League, an Upstate New York summer league that is partially funded by Major League Baseball and features new, not-yet-signed talent. The team, which frequently conducts youth baseball clinics, clearly understands the potential and talent of children. What naturally follows is a commitment to keeping these kids safe and healthy with the help of the local children’s hospital.

“People in our town don’t realize that their life can change in minutes,” said Mark Perlo, president of the Royals. “And within fifteen to twenty minutes drive is an exceptional children’s hospital that most won’t ever appreciate until their family needs it.”

The 7 p.m. charity game will pit the Royals against the Allegany County Nitros and feature 12 special bat boys (and girls), some of whom will be current and former patients from the children’s hospital.

Little Leaguers who wear their jerseys will be admitted at no charge; all other tickets are $4 each and are available in advance by calling the Frontier Field box office at (585) 423-9464. Additional tickets will also be sold at the field on game day, when gates open at 6 p.m.

To learn more about the Royals and the New York Collegiate Baseball League, visit For more information about the event, contact Mark Perlo at (585) 388-5550, ext. 51.

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