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Dear Pelham Friends and Neighbors,

October 27, 2010 an ad in Pelham Weekly
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Last March, Friends of Pelham Sports was formed with the goal of raising money privately to fund improvements in our recreational programs and facilities, thereby making Pelham a better place to live for all of us. Because of increasing pressure on state, local and school budgets, we decided to model the organizations after similar groups in nearby communities who have successfully funded capital projects that benefit high school sports programs, youth recreation programs, and public parks facilities; these projects were funded through private donations without using taxpayer dollars.

Sports and recreation plays a valuable role in the fabric of Pelham, and our mission is to be a funding vehicle for recreation projects of all kinds. Friends of Pelham Sports had a productive spring and we wanted to update the community on our progress as we expand our mission and solicit your help in the coming year. Among our accomplishments:

  • We launched our website, FriendsofPelhamSports.com, to act as a resource for information about the group's initiatives.
  • We received commitments for over $400,000 towards the building of a turf field at Glover Stadium.
  • We solicited the creation of a health committee lead by medical professionals who are parents in the community; the health committee issued a report, available at FriendsofPelhamSports.com, that addresses issues health concerns surrounding turf fields.
  • We formed a 501c 3 organization that will allow the group to accept tax-deductible donations for projects going forward.
  • In June, we received unanimous support from the Board of Education to proceed with fundraising for a turf field at Glover Field.

Our first project, as indicated, is the building of a turf field at Glover. Pelham is presently the only town of its kind in the region without a turf field for its high school sports teams. Bronxville, Scarsdale, Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Rye Brook, to name a few, each has at least one turf field for its sports programs. In short, Pelham, a town that already suffers from a shortage of field space due to its size, pales in comparison to other towns in terms of the amount of time its high school, middles school, and travel sports teams can practice and play their games.

While a turf field is our first project, the mission of Friends of Pelham Sports is to move on to other projects that improve our sports programs. We believe Pelham is a wonderful community and the opportunities for our children should reflect that.

In the coming months, we are going to be expanding our profile in the community by reaching out to parents and neighbors, our village and town governments, other community volunteer organizations, and our Board of Education as we strive to complete what we hope is the first of many great projects for our town. Please visit our website to learn more about the group, and thank you in advance for your support.

For Pelham,

Tim Cassidy
President
150 Corona Ave

Dennis Roche
Vice President
204 Nyac Ave

Blake Bell
Secretary
20 Beech Tree Lane

Vinnie Mazzaro
Treasurer
243 Elderwood Ave

Tom Walsh
Fundraising
1030 Clay Ave

Dwight Fairback
Communications
448 Highbrook Ave

Krisitin Barsanti
Community Relations
1333 Park Lane

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