Backyard Baseball and Bar B Q offers Summer Fun for a Great Cause


Children laughing and the sharp crack of a wooden bat finding its target… the succulent smells of Bar B Q mixed with charcoal-fired burger perfection… live music booming and green grass underfoot…

These are some of the best sensations that balmy summer days have to offer and Louisvillians can find all of them this Saturday (July 28), accompanied by an evident passion for the cause.

A family friendly event that’s free and open to the public, the 10th annual Backyard Baseball & Bar B Q Alzheimer’s Fundraiser will feature an old-fashioned mini-baseball tournament for kids and teens, burgers and Bar B Q via Mark’s Feed Store and Walmart, the classic rock/pop stylings of Muench and a silent auction and raffle including arena rock tickets alongside sports memorabilia, handmade crafts and more.

Having successfully raised $117,000 in its now decade-long history, sisters Cathy Nagy and Susan Oswald organized the first Backyard Baseball event in honor of their mother back in 2002 (which was literally held in an empty lot behind Nagy’s backyard). That first iteration raised $400 for the Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the event has grown exponentially from there, bringing in $17,000 last year.

Nagy and Oswald have been joined by new event chair Bonnie Hackbarth since 2011 after having worked together as members of the Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee. Hackbarth added the aforementioned Bar B Q and live music for last year’s outing and  has been instrumental to its continued success, especially as the ordeal of adopting a baby from Ghana has kept Nagy out of country for a number of recent months.

Held this year at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Westport Road in the east end, festivities will run from 4-8pm, with raffle drawings taking place at 7:45pm. Concession prices are said to vary from $0.50-$4, raffle tickets will run $1 each and there is a $10 fee to participate in the baseball tournament which includes a t-shirt.

Whether or not you have a personal connection to one of the 80,000 Kentuckians afflicted by Alzheimer’s, it’s a cause whose merits speak for themselves. Families in search of fun, food and perhaps even that tingly, undeniably warm feeling that comes from compassionate contribution will find plenty of reason to brave the heat this Saturday.

Chris Ritter is a Louisville-native freelance writer, journalist and blogger enthusiastic about all things entertainment, media and technology.

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