Orange Softball moms spend endless hours sitting on bleachers watching their girls play softball each spring. When the season starts, they’re shivering, huddled under blankets, knowing they may never be warm again. By the end of the season, they’re longing for shade from the blaring sun (sweating off what hopefully is pounds), still cheering on their girls as the hours go by.
Now it’s the moms’ turn to play. What began as an idea to get a few moms together to play a softball game has grown into a fundraiser event that co-organizer Deb Marino hopes will “let people know that the town of Orange Cares.”
On Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m., two teams of Orange Softball moms will play a game of their own at the Old Tavern fields in hopes of raising money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.
Marino, a self-dubbed ‘crazy softball fanatic’ played in high school and loves watching her daughter play.
“We were watching the Little League dads playing and I said, ‘Why are we not doing this?!’” Marino says. “Kara DelVecchio and I got some people together and formed Orange Hot Moms Softball.”
It started as just a fun event until one mom suggested they add a charitable component.
“Another mom suggested we support breast cancer and we decided to raise money and donate it to Bridgeport Hospital,” Marino says. “And of course once Jim Hassenmayer at the Orange Ale House heard what we were doing, he wanted to know what he could do to help.”
Orange Ale House is sponsoring t-shirts in two different shades of pink that will be worn during the game. The teams are planning to go to Orange Ale House for a post-game celebration. Event organizers hope many others from the community will join them at the Ale House.
“Jim is always the first to step up to the plate and support when he hears there is a need and we wanted to give back to him and his local business,” Marino says.
Marino and DelVecchio each are coaching a team and both admit to having many laughs as 35 moms practice and scrimmage.
“Even though we’re all in this together, we split teams and have made our donations,” DelVecchio says. “Breast cancer is so near and dear to our hearts, with it affecting so many moms in our community and that’s what brings us together.”
Each player donated $20 and although there is no admission to the game, organizers are hoping to raise money as they ‘Pass the Bra’ for donations. The Orange Community Juniorettes are hosting a bake sale and snacks will be available for purchase.
“We just want to get as many people out to support us, cheer us on and be part of the fun. Some of us are competitive and are really great softball players. We are getting a lot of comedy out of this and we’re having an absolute blast. Not only is it fun, it’s just nice to know that we’re helping someone.”
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent