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Let there be light, and baseball at night

July 19, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

New Tecumseth residents, working together under the group name ‘Light it Up!’, are fundraising to install additional lighting at the Coventry Park baseball diamond in Tottenham.

“Light It UP! is a group of community members who are passionate in growing the game of softball in the Tottenham area,” said Paul Piellusch, Light it Up! representative. “The initiative was started and is being led by the local 35-plus men’s league, the Tottenham Oldtimers (TOT), and has the full backing of the ladies, young men’s and kids leagues locally.”

“As our leagues have been growing, we are running out of capacity to expand, due to a lack of available night diamond times. Our league (TOT) is currently at seventeen teams with just over 200 players and we believe we could easily expand to twenty teams with the diamond availability to do so,” said Piellusch.

Local leagues play many of their games at Coventry Park, where only two of the three diamonds currently have lighting. 

“TOT decided to start fundraising a couple of years ago, and to direct the funds toward lighting up diamond C1 at Coventry Park, and the Light It UP! Committee was formed,” explained Piellusch. “The group has grown since then to become a mix of people from various leagues, and many others that don’t even play ball but want to help. “ 

To date the group has successfully lobbied the town through delegations at Council meetings to secure $50,000 towards the cost of the project.  

“The project is approved in the budget for 2019, and is underway,” said Piellusch. “We meet regularly with town representatives to keep them up to date. TOT will be committing $15,000 from our funds and CRIC (Community Recreation Improvement Committee) is matching that with another fifteen thousand.”

Light it Up! has been hosting various fundraising events to raise the other twenty-thousand dollars required to meet the total goal of $50,000.

On Sunday, A Taste of Freedom was host to a charity fund raising barbecue with proceeds to Light it Up!

“We partnered with Carl Viveiros, owner of A Taste of Freedom, to sell tickets for a gourmet backyard barbecue, and sold out at one hundred tickets,” said Piellusch. “JAK Fund, a local charity that assists youth in transition, helped to offset expenses for the day and Annette Chiovitti managed the event. There were door prizes, silent auction items, raffle items, and a pop a balloon and win a prize table. Overall, the event was a great success for the Light it Up! team and the restaurant.”

Light it Up! has a number of local corporate sponsors and is looking to add more. 

“We also have future events in the planning stages right now,” Piellusch told The Times.

For more information visit and ‘Like’ Light it Up! on Facebook. Follow The Times for additional Light it Up! activities and chances to get involved.


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