Sale of bow tie tickets will help fund a special ballfield

Monday, January 4, 2016

SIKESTON -- If $100 for a bow tie sounds like a bit much, that's because it is also a ticket to The Brew and Bowtie Bash Jan. 23.

"It's a fundraiser for money to construct the special needs ballfield for Challenger Baseball," said Derrick Pullen, executive director of Southeast Missouri Challenger Baseball, of the Bash. "You purchase a bow tie and it serves as a ticket for you and a guest."

Challenger Baseball is a league created for children ages 5 and up with disabilities, according to Pullen.

Pullen who found out about and became involved with Challenger Baseball three years ago when his son, Marshall, now age 6, was fighting a rare type of brain cancer.

"I wanted my son to have the opportunity to play baseball like every other kid," he said.

The rules for the league, including the official playing field design, are modified for that very reason.

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