Debbie Scott, Fort Wayne, Ind., has generously donated a baseball, signed by Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, to help raise funds for the Safety Village. Scott's son, Kurt, who drowned at age 14, loved baseball and had told his parents that someday he would be playing second base for the Chicago Cubs and "that Ryne Sandberg better watch out!"
The baseball will be offered through a silent auction closing at 8 p.m., July 26, 2008, (no exceptions) at Clem's Collectables which has graciously offered to display the baseball and the Certificate of Authenticity in their Fort Wayne store located at Glenbrook Mall. They will also be accepting and holding all offered bids until July 26. Along with the signed baseball, the winning bidder will receive tickets from the Fort Wayne Wizards to attend the July 28 game with the Peoria Chiefs, managed by Sandberg, and will receive the ball from Sandberg in a private meeting prior to the game.
Scott made a vow when Kurt died that he would never be forgotten and has immersed herself in serving local youth organizations in numerous ways. Her most recent venture is the Safety Village, operated jointly by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Safety Village teaches thousands of children each year how to cross streets safely and how to safely escape a burning house as well as bicycle safety, stranger awareness, how to make a 911 call and the importance of everyone in a family or household participating in safety discussions.
Shortly after receiving the signed baseball from Sandberg and the Peoria Chiefs, Scott chose to donate the baseball to the Safety Village to be used in a fundraiser for a much-needed new classroom building that will offer additional training space.
Everyone is encouraged to help the Safety Village by stopping by Clem's Collectables and placing a bid for this collector's item. For more information please call 427-1278 or 427-1102.