Bristol Boro native Jeff Manto and Bensalem resident Dave Amaro are reportedly connected to a home run derby that’s being hosted next month at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder.
Pennsbury Athletic Association baseball coach Frank Dragoni, of Yardley, is directing the event, which is designed to raise money for the V Foundation.
Dragoni, who’s been fundraising for the foundation for the last four years, is organizing the Jimmy V Home Run Derby for high school students which is set for July 13 at the Trenton Thunder stadium.
The director of sales for BOLT ON, Dragoni got his company to sponsor the event and the altruistic efforts of the 21-year-old foundation.
“Frank is a great salesman, but he didn’t need to sell us on the importance of supporting such a worthwhile cause,” BOLT ON, CEO Michael Risich said.
BOLT ON is committed to supporting the V Foundation, which was established over 20 years ago by former ABC/ESPN basketball commentator Jim Valvano in support of cancer research and related programs.
The greater Philadelphia area developer of more than a dozen wireless solutions to simplify automotive repair shop operations is hoping additional companies and individuals will follow suit.
Dragoni hopes to raise $50,000 through the fundraiser, which will feature several former Major League Baseball greats, including Manto, who played for the Colorado Rockies and most recently was the third base coach for the White Sox. Amaro, a 24th round Chicago Cubs draft pick in the 1984 amateur draft, will also be on hand, Dragoni said.
Dragoni’s V Foundation fundraising work is through the Philly Friends of V, a regional branch of the nationwide V Foundation. BOLT ON is donating Phillies tickets to the silent auction, which will also feature other sports-related memorabilia. The greater Philadelphia area company is asking its supporters to get involved by visiting the V Foundation Web site and creating a local event, making a tax-deductible donation, or championing Dragoni’s efforts locally.
The V Foundation was established in 1993 by Jim Valvano, who, a few months after its establishment, succumbed to his battle with cancer. Valvano had worked as an ABC/ESPN basketball commentator and analyst following a successful 15-year career as a college basketball coach in which he took his team to several NCAA appearances. The Foundation continues in his name with contributions funding cancer research and related programs.