Hanover Sets Date For Second Annual Charity Classic

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Hanover Township Little League catchers take a photo with Bayer's Ray Kerins and Wegmans' Tim Lockwood, who threw out the first pitches on Little League Opening Day and joined Mayor Ron Francioli in announcing the business neighbors' August 10th softball charity rematch to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry. From left to right: Lily Pecora, who caught Kerin's pitch, Ray Kerins, Mike Halibej, HTLL President, Tim Lockwood, and Luke Ench, who caught Lockwood's pitch

HANOVER TOWNSHIP — During the Hanover Township Little League (HTLL) April 27 opening day ceremony, it was “Game On!” as Mayor Ron Francioli announced this year’s “Annual Charity Classic,” a softball rematch between Bayer and Wegmans, Saturday, August 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls.

Both companies’ employees stepped up to the plate last year for seven innings of competitive fun that ended with a Wegmans’ victory, all for a great cause – a $5,000.00 donation from each business to the Interfaith Food Pantry.

The non-profit organization, which feeds Morris County families struggling financially, will again be this year’s beneficiary.

Hanover Township Little League catchers take a photo with Bayer’s Ray Kerins and Wegmans’ Tim Lockwood, who threw out the first pitches on Little League Opening Day and joined Mayor Ron Francioli when he announced the business neighbors’ August 10th softball charity rematch to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry. From left to right: Lily Pecora, who caught Ray Kerins’ pitch, Ray Kerins, Tim Lockwood, and Luke Ench, who caught Lockwood’s pitch

Joining Francioli to make the announcement were Mike Halibej, HTLL President, Ray Kerins, Bayer’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and Tim Lockwood, Hanover Wegmans’ Store Manager. The HTLL, whose members will play a significant role in this year’s Charity Classic, honored Kerins and Lockwood by asking them to throw out the first Little League Opening Day pitches.

The friendly rivals gladly obliged, and viewed the opportunity as a fitting prelude to the August softball skirmish.

Bayer’s Ray Kerins (left) and Wegmans’ Tim Lockwood (right) pause for a photo with Mayor Ron Francioli at Hanover Township’s Little League Opening Day just after the Mayor announced the second Annual Charity Classic, which will see the two business neighbors step up to the plate again for a softball rematch benefitting the Interfaith Food Pantry

“We look forward to successfully defending our title against Bayer,” stated Lockwood, “and are thankful to work with such a great community supporter as our friends at Bayer.”

“Actually, the Bayer team is ready to win the rematch. But the real winners will be the members of our community who will benefit from the Bayer-Wegman’s partnership supporting the great work of the Interfaith Food Pantry,” said Kerins.

Mayor Francioli applauded Bayer and Wegmans for their ongoing, strong community support, and lauded the civic groups, volunteers, and other non-profits who will be partnering with the municipality to make the second Charity Classic an even greater success than last year’s.  “With the Rotary, Knights of Columbus, Whippanong Library, Fire Departments, and Little League helping, we’re envisioning a truly dynamic event,” noted Francioli.

“We’re adding some things to make it even more fun-filled and family oriented. There’ll be free giveaways, photo ops with Wegmans’ Ready for Prime Time Produce Players and Recreation’s Sting the Bee, and a concert following the game at 4:00 p.m. by The Shots with the Bergen County Firefighters Bagpipes.”

From left to right: Ray Kerins, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Bayer, and Tim Lockwood, Hanover Wegmans’ Store Manager look on as Mayor Ron Francioli announces August 10th Charity Classic softball rematch between the two business neighbors during the Hanover Township Little League Opening Day ceremony

Members of the public are urged to save the August 10 date (rain date August 11) and to check the Hanover Township website, by clicking here, the Hanover Township Recreation Facebook page, and local newspapers for future Charity Classic updates.

Admission to the event is free, but it is requested that attendees help their Morris County neighbors in need by bringing a canned good or other non-perishable food item that will join a collection to be used by the Interfaith Food Pantry in feeding hungry families.