Friends of Hoggard baseball holds raffle for ‘Field of Dreams’ project

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About 50 local businesses and individuals have made donations totaling more than $6,000 for a mega raffle to support the Friends of Hoggard Baseball campaign to upgrade the Vikings’ high school baseball complex.

Construction is underway, with demolition having occurred in September and the new press box and concessions building are already going up.

The press box and concession stand is raised along with the brick backstop.
The press box and concession stand is raised along with the brick backstop.

The fund-raiser culminates with Hoggard Night from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at Halligan’s, which is donating 20 percent of all sales that night to the project.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or seven for $20. The drawings will be Oct. 22.

Prizes range from a year’s supply of Robert’s Market chicken salad, a Yeti cooler and Vestal sunglasses to an overnight stay at the Marriott, Jeff Gordon car detailing, Echo Farms and municipal golf and gift certificates to numerous local restaurants and stores.

For every $20 of tickets purchased, you’ll be entered in an additional drawing for a $500 gift certificate from Ashley Furniture, a golf bag from RA Jeffrey’s / Budweiser, season opener tickets and gift bag from the Wilmington Hammerheads, or a party from Knockerball of Wilmington.

All money raised will go toward the completion of the Field of Dreams project before the 2016 season. In addition to the press box and concessions, other work taking place to fulfill longtime coach Jeep St. Ledger’s dream to improve the facility include: brick backstop installation from dugout to dugout; dugouts’ screens installation and extension of dugout areas; bullpen construction; warning track around the field; field drainage improvements; and creation of safer, better-quality running and fielding environment for the players.

The Hoggard baseball field is named for E.A. “Spike” Corbin, who transferred to Hoggard from Williston during desegregation. His 1972 Vikings team won the state championship. The team’s hitting facility is named after St. Ledger, who is celebrating his 35th year with the school’s athletic department this year. He’s been the head coach of the baseball team since 1988.

For more information, visit the Friends Facebook page or email FriendsofHoggardBaseball@gmail.com.