Successful Fall Opener for the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, September 11, 2015 – South Atlantic Bank sponsored the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues’ Baseball and BBQ Fall Opener for the sixth consecutive year. Each year, the bank’s donation to the organization has grown with progressive fundraising. The bank set a new record this year with a donation of $5,605. This is a 36.7 percent increase over last year’s donation of $4,100 from the company of 75 employees.
As one of their fundraisers, South Atlantic Bank gave an Apple iPad Air ® to one lucky raffle ticket winner. The winning ticket drawn belonged to Michael Wetherell of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The event took place at the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center Complex on the James C. Benton Miracle League Field between Oak Street and 33rd Avenue North. The opening ceremonies began at 6 p.m. as the Rollin Thunder presented the colors and Father Angelo Pappas of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church gave the invocation. South Atlantic Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Wayne Wicker, along with bank President Scott Plyler, and Chief Financial Officer Dick Burch, presented Grand Strand Miracle Leagues’ Chairman James Carson Benton and Executive Director Jennifer Averette with the $5,605 check. The National Anthem was performed by Savannah Thompson of the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues. The first pitch, thrown by South Atlantic Bank President Scott Plyler, was the start of the game!
A barbeque dinner was served to all participants and attendees. Volunteers from the community, South Atlantic Bank, and Coastal Carolina University all pitched in to create a successful evening.
The Miracle Leagues organization was founded in 2001 to provide people with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. The rules are simple: Everyone plays. Everyone crosses home plate. Everyone wins! The organization expanded in 2011 to include soccer, and in 2013 added the All-Star Park, an all access playground. New to the organization this year is a golf program.