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Blazing a trail to Cooperstown

March 19. 2013 5:14PM

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In order to send the Abington Blaze 12-under Little League baseball team on the trip of a lifetime, donations are needed from members of the community.

The team will play in a tournament along with 119 other teams in Cooperstown, N.Y. from Aug. 3-9, according to head coach Jeff Armbruster.

Armbruster is looking forward to the joy the players will experience.

“I’m excited to see the kids participate in an event that is filled with camaraderie and competition,” he said.

They will also get a lesson in baseball history when they visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.

According to parent and lead fundraising organizer Anthony Abdalla, they are looking to raise $5,000 to $7,000 to fund expenses.

That include costs for food and lodging, banners for their corporate sponsors and uniforms, buying pins for the boys to trade and practice T-shirts.

According to Abdalla, they have already received donations from $100 to $300 each from 15 corporate sponsors.

They are planning a Comedy Night, featuring comedians from New York City, at the Clarks Summit Ramada March 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25, and Abdalla said more than half of the 300 have already been sold.

Also at the event, there will be a silent raffle with baskets that are valued between $35-75. Each parent was asked to donate a basket.

“We’re hoping to get most of the fundraising done before the start of the summer, because by then everyone else starts,” Abdalla said.

Abdalla expects the experience to be memorable.

“It’s really a great experience,” he said. “It gives the kids the illusion of being at the Little League World Series in Williamsport. They live together in a village and play games together.”

Abdalla’s son, Luke, is ecstatic about the chance to play on a big stage.

“He is involved with everything and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since the team was picked,” Abdalla said.

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