Raises $40,000 for the Miracle League of Ellis County
Magnablend’s Clays for a Cause event raised $40,000 for the Miracle League of Ellis County. A joint venture by the United Way of West Ellis County (UWWECC) and the YMCA of Waxahachie, the Miracle League’s mission is to provide children and adults with physical and mental limitations an opportunity to participate in sports and other recreational activities.
Magnablend is the first local sponsor to commit support to the project which is building a baseball field and playscape designed specifically for special needs children and adults in our community. “The money raised at Clays for a Cause will help special needs children to participate in activities that they typically would not be able to,” said Magnablend’s Scott Pendery. “These kids have limitations in so many areas, but when they’re on the Miracle League ball field, they will have an equal playing field with no limitations.”
The Miracle League will offer special needs children and adults a chance to play baseball on a special field that’s cushioned and allows players to go around the bases in wheelchairs and walkers. There are no bases and no base paths, so there are no obstacles to get in the way.
“What a great event to be a part of! A big thank you to the amazing staff at Magnablend as well as all of the individuals and business partners who made this event such a success,” said Jonathan McLaughlin, Executive Director of Waxahachie Family YMCA. “This level of support is what it takes to make a lasting impact in our community and this is a great first step in making the Miracle League vision a reality.”
The tournament had a full flight with more than 20 teams participating. Congratulations to our champion shooters; 1st place Brad Todd, 2nd place Aaron Self, and 3rd place to Wil Wakeland. Everyone enjoyed the lively competition in support of a good cause.
“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected as this year’s Clays for a Cause beneficiary,” said Casey Ballard, Executive Director – United Way of West Ellis County. The funds raised by Magnablend will be instrumental in the development of the Miracle League ballpark and playscape. It was a true joy to work with this organization and their employees on a fun, high energy event whose funds will ultimately be used in a magnificent way in Ellis County.”
The event, which consisted of a sporting clay shoot, raffle, barbeque lunch and live auction, was held at Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth on Friday, April 17. Auction items included a Browning Rifle, two Remington shotguns, Dallas Cowboys tickets, and a one-week stay in Florida.
“We are most appreciative of the support we’ve received from our sponsors and supporters for Clays for a Cause,” said Zissis Pappas, VP of Magnablend. “A special thanks goes out to our event sponsors: Citizens National Bank of Texas, Coal City Cob, DuPont, Pipeline Packaging, Brownlie & Braden / Cotton Creek Capital, Direct Service Company, Grainger, Gerdau, Unifirst, and WaterMark.
This is the third year for the sporting clays tournament, sponsored and organized by Magnablend. Funds from previous tournaments have benefitted the Nevil Family and CASA of Ellis County.