Our first Love/NDP Turf Field fund raising effort: O’s vs. Marlins on 6/22

May 28, 2010 | Drew Forrester

In memory of former NDP student-athlete Yeardley Love, her family is endeavoring to raise enough money to install a new turf field at Notre Dame Prep.

Love, as you all know, was the young lady murdered in Virginia earlier this month.  A collegiate lacrosse player and outstanding student, she was not only a NDP grad but a major advocate for education and student life at NDP.

With a proposed price tag of roughly $1 million, the turf field at NDP in Yeardley’s name will require extensive fund raising.  And while we’re not capable of raising all of it at little WNST, I’d like to think we can make a small dent in the expense.

Throughout the month of June, I’m going to devote my own time, host some special on-air contests on The Morning Reaction, and develop a few listener-involved events that will help raise money for the new field.

My goal is for the listeners of The Morning Reaction to raise $5,000 by the end of June.  Maybe I’m nuts…but you have to start somewhere.  Like Paul Newman said in “Cool Hand Luke” when someone said, “Luke?  Why didn’t you say 30 eggs, or 35 eggs…why’d you have to say 50?”  His response:  “50 sounded like a nice round number”.

$5,000 was the first figure that came to mind.

Now, let’s go do it.

In conjunction with the Orioles, who have agreed to help our fund-raiser by providing a reduced price lower reserve ticket – one of our June events will be an evening at Camden Yards.  On Tuesday, June 22, the Birds host the Florida Marlins at 7:05pm.  I’m putting together the finished product as I write this, but my plan right now is to provide game-goers with a lower reserved ticket, a pre-game gathering for food and drink, and a special “surprise” that everyone will receive at the ballpark.

The cost for the night will be $50.00 per-person and that includes a substantial donation to the Yeardley Love turf field project at NDP.

I’d like to take at least 50 people to the game on the 22nd…if we do 100, that would be even better!

If you’re interested in going to the game with us on June 22nd and supporting the Love/Turf Field fund-raiser at NDP, please e-mail me directly at: (drew@wnst.net).  That’s the best method for “reserving” your seat(s) for the game and the events that go with it.

Upon receipt of your e-mail, I’ll get back to you with payment details, ticket pick-up, etc.

Please join me on June 22nd at OPACY.