Softball, Corvette raffle added to benefit for injured 10-year-old

Planning for “A Night for Garrett (GMoney)” started shortly after 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro was seriously injured when he was hit by a van near a local baseball field on Saturday, May 14. The fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4, with related softball competitions to be held on Sunday, June 5.

Garrett this week remained in critical-but-stable condition at A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, where he is making slow progress, according to an update provided by his mother, Wendy Rogers. Garrett remains unconscious and is facing a very long recovery, she said.

“The doctors here keep telling me it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Rogers said.

Garrett’s Little League coach, Josh Wharton, has been coordinating details of this weekend’s fundraising events. Saturday’s events at the Millsboro Little League Complex begin at 11 a.m., when the Hocker’s BBQ truck will begin serving platters of either pulled pork, pit beef or chicken tenders with fries and a soda; buckets of hand-cut French fries; and “funnel fries.”

The Hocker family is donating 50 percent of all proceeds from the day to the Rogers family, as well as 100 percent of any tips that are received.

Family-friendly games will be going on throughout the day, including a presentation by the National Wild Turkey Federation and an appearance by Andy the Armadillo from the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, and other actitivies.

A free concert by the Dirt Road Outlawz will begin at 6 p.m.

A new development in the day’s activities should catch the attention of the area’s car enthusiasts: A fully restored 1979 Corvette has been donated to be raffled off on Saturday. Tickets will be available at the ball fields on Saturday. Tickets will cost $10 per chance or $20 for three tickets.

Other raffle and auction items are being donated every day, Wharton said. The Delmarva Shorebirds have donated a suite for 25 guests for a Shorebirds game; and a charter fishing trip has also been donated. Wharton said those items would either be raffled off or auctioned off during the day.

Details have been firmed up for the event’s “opposite-hand” softball tournament as well, according to Wharton. In order to ensure that all games can be completed, the team rosters are being cut off at 10 players per team, with a limit of eight teams. Signups will start on Saturday evening. Wharton said. Games will start Sunday morning around 8 a.m.

A home-run derby is also scheduled for Sunday, with contestants batting “regular hand” on a 200-foot field. Contestants should bring their own pitchers. The cost will be $15 per batter and, with each home run hit, batters owe another $1. There will be a cash prize — at least $100, according to Wharton — for the winning batter.

One final note on the day’s activities: No alcohol will be allowed on the premises.

“This is all for fun, for an amazing kid who has quite a journey ahead of him, and we are thankful for that journey,” Wharton said. “It’s been fun to watch (the fundraiser) come together,” he said.

The Millsboro Little League Complex is located at 262 W. State Street, between Godwin Street and Sussex Street in Millsboro.