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.
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.