Jen Lee and her family, particularly her 13-year-old son Luke, have become big baseball fans ever since they decided to serve as a residential host family to four different Blue Rocks Baseball players this season.
The Blue Rocks is one of the few teams in the league that matches some players with host families. Luke became one of the team’s biggest supporters, learning the names and stats on the summer roster and cheering ‘his friends’ on at games.
Inspired by her son’s enthusiasm, Jen decided to make something more of this opportunity by creating her own charity fundraiser — a night at the Blue Rocks to benefit West End Neighborhood House. The former Wilmington Jaycees member has always valued the importance of giving back. “I just thought it would be fun to draw friends to the ballpark for a great night out and at the same time try to help out a needy organization that helps kids,” said Jen, who is a realtor with Greenville office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Jen, who is friends with West End Neighborhood House Director Paul Calistro, found out the organization’s playground needed new equipment and repairs.
Jen set a goal to sell 200 tickets to the game on July 25th for $20 each — $10 to cover the cost of the ticket and the difference going to WENH. Colleagues at the Greenville office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services bought tickets for their families and their clients. News of her effort spread, and agents at the Brandywine, Newark and Hockessin offices all pitched in to help. Even the Blue Rocks organization kicked in an extra $4 per ticket to sport Jen’s fundraising effort. In just a few short weeks, 250 tickets were sold, and it was game on!
After the on-field check presentation (the check was created before the final tally of ticket sales) children of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Fox & Roach agents were invited to throw out pitches before the game. Even WENH’s Calistro stepped up to the plate! It was a terrific evening of fun which helped raise $3,500 for the nonprofit.
“I knew I could count on our agents to buy tickets for their clients and come support the game. It worked out great,” said Jen.
Photos courtesy Brad Glazier©