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Upcoming fundraiser to assist with needed baseball/softball field repairs
By Chris Edwards
CORRIGAN –The Corrigan Youth Baseball and Softball Association's fields are in dire need of a facelift, as CYBSA President Marvin Hurley put it, and to that end a fundraiser will take place on March 18 at the VFW in Corrigan. Hurley said that in the nearly 30 years the fields have existed, they have "taken a beating" due to years of kids' use as well as effects from the weather. "It's really gotten to the point to where we need to make some repairs," he said. "We need to make a safe environment for the kids." Hurley stressed the "big time need" of making repairs to the park and how beneficial the upcoming fundraiser will be. He said the CYBSA is deeply committed to making the necessary repairs to the fields. "It's going to take everything we've got, and a whole lot more," Hurley said. Several local businesses are generously contributing to the fundraiser, including Clifton Chevrolet and Citizens State Bank. The Clifton family is hosting the fish fry and auction portion of the fundraiser, which begins at 3 p.m. Catfish plates, which include fried catfish, hush puppies, and cole slaw, will be available for $8 per plate. All the proceeds raised from the fundraiser will go toward the repairs. Hurley said that the total amount needed to "get our head above water" for repairs is between $30,000-$40,000. Some work is already scheduled to take place on the fields, weather-permitting, with new fencing to be installed. The materials needed for this project have already been acquired and are on the field. Through generous support, the CYBSA also acquired lawn equipment to maintain the fields. Hurley stressed the importance of the fields to the community, and said he was drawn back to serving with the CYBSA and helping to get the fields back in order. He said he couldn't explain initially why he felt such a desire to help, after he had recovered from brain surgery last year, but credits a higher power; it was the Lord telling him to serve his community, he said. There is a lot to do, Hurley said, but he and the CYBSA members are committed to restore the park facilities. "Softball opening day is on April 1, and when we get the kids through the gate, we want to be confident they'll have a safe place to play," he said. Pre-sale tickets are available by messaging the CYBSA Facebook page. Photos of items up for the auction are posted on the site, with more to come. As the event page for the benefit states, "We are a community that will do anything and everything possible for our children, and it is going to take all of us to accomplish this."