By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck’s historic baseball stadium scored a big win.
The online fundraising effort to raise $50,000 was met on Wednesday – a week before the fundraiser was scheduled to end.
That $50,000 will now be doubled, thanks to a matching $50,000 grant promised by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
The fundraiser was sponsored by both The Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium and the Piast Institute.
Hamtramck Public Schools Superintendent Tom Niczay, who has been a supporter of the stadium renovation, was overjoyed.
In an email he wrote: “It sincerely warms my heart that people care about the future of Hamtramck for both young and old.”
On a blog site for the stadium, the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium (FHHS) had this to say:
“We are very gratified by the groundswell of support for our cause, and we look forward to beginning the restoration of the historic field for baseball, soccer, and cricket usage.
“Our campaign was launched on March 4 through Patronicity.com, and will continue until Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. …
“FHHS and Piast would like to individually thank our most generous donors: Jack White of Detroit, whose $10,000 kicked off the campaign, and Detroiters Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore and William Haupricht, whose $10,000 donation put us over the top.
“Abdallah Sheik, CEO of Captain Jay’s Fish & Chicken restaurant chain, graciously donated $2,500 this week to get us closer to our goal. Debra Williams of Sterling Heights also donated $2,500 on Day 2 of the campaign.
“More than 300 individuals have contributed to our campaign so far, including all members of the Friends board of directors and all Piast employees.
“Thanks again to all of you for your continued support of the restoration of historic Hamtramck Stadium.”
March 29, 2019