Bats For Matt Softball Tournament

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Congratulations to Swisher Sweets 9th Annual Bats For Matt Softball Champions! Swisher Sweets fought their way out of the losers bracket and beat Burrells Babies twice to bring the trophy home!

Well it is official, the 9th Annual Bats For Matt Softball Tournament was a huge success! In fact, it was our biggest year yet! Thanks to you all we were able to raise over $15,000!!! Every year the amount of help and support we receive blows us away. Without everyone's support this tournament would not be possible. We would like to reach a special thanks out to the following companies: St. Anthony's Restaurant, St. Anthony's Italian Social Club, St. Anthony's Woman's Auxiliary, Four J's, Bob Wagner's Flooring America, Lou Beverage Inc., Wawa, Sam's Club, Urban Air Trampoline Park Downingtown, Giant Food Stores, Brian Hoskins Ford, Seven Stars Inn, Brickside Grille - Oyster Bar, Banquets, and Sunday Brunch, Limoncello Chester Springs, Saint Joseph's Downingtown Community Festival, Salon DeSante of Exton, Wegmans, Ingleside Golf Club, The General Warren, Castaldi Plumbing, Palace Bowling, Bonefish Grill, Victory Brewing Company, Parkesburg PA, P.J. Whelihan's Pub + Restaurant, The Pour House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Honeybrook Golf Club, Vapor Crux, Merch by Cory business page, STRIKEOUTS FOR KATIE, Double Deez Tattoos, Chick-fil-A Downingtown, Flowers by Jena Paige, Inferno Sports & Athletics, LLC, Downingtown Running Company, F.H. Swisher Plumbing & Heating Co., Mmb Real Properties.

Wings To Go Downingtown, PA "Simply Great Wings" Who for August 5th and 6th are donating 15% to Bats For Matt! Best part, its runs all day long! Just stop down and say you are there for the dine and donate!
Again, thank you thank you thank you!
If you thought this year was a great, just wait till next year. It'll be the 10th Annual and we're already throwing ideas around... someone suggested a dunk tank... who knows?!?
From our heart to yours, thanks for making the 2017 9th Annual Bats For Matt Softball Tournament another success! 

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Don't forget about our highly anticipated dine at donate and the one and only Wings to Go!
Wings to go in Downingtown (Acme shopping center in Thorndale) will be holding a Dine and Donate for the Bats For Matt Memorial Foundation. On Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th 15% of all sales will go directly towards the Bats For Matt Softball fund. This is additional money we can then give back to local families dealing with the ordeals of cancer. Stop by and grab some wings and help us make a difference in our community


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Downingtown Little League Honors Matt Ciarlone


Monday, April 16,2012

 DOWNINGTOWN — The Downingtown Little League marked the launch of it’s 72nd season Saturday with an opening day ceremony that featured the dedication of a new pavilion to the memory of a late league alumni.

The structure was named for Matt Ciarlone, who died in 2009 at age 20 after a battle with leukemia. Ciarlone was an avid baseball player in Little League and high school, and his family said it was one of his true passions.

“This was his heart and soul,” said Ciarlone’s mother, Rose, as she looked out across the league’s four fields. “Baseball was one of his three loves: Baseball, girls and hunting. Maybe not in that order.”

Volunteers began building the pavilion in November and worked all winter on weekends to have it ready for opening day, Downingtown Little League Treasurer Patrick Cardelli said.

Funds for the pavilion came from many donors, including money raised at the annual Bats For Matt tournament held each summer. Best Buy stores also donated $4,000 raised in a basketball tournament held at the Downingtown High School.

“If it wasn’t for them, we never would have been able to get this done so soon,” Ciarlone’s older brother, Danny said.

The Bats For Matt softball tournament, held at the Downingtown Little League’s field each summer, has become a popular charity event in Ciarlone’s memory. Last summer, the tournament’s third year, over $8,000 was raised that went to a variety of charitable causes. About 50 people also register to be bone marrow donors at the tournament each year, according to Rose Ciarlone.

A bone marrow transplant allowed the Ciarlone family to spend an additional seven months with Matt before he passed, Rose Ciarlone said.

Money raised at the annual tournament is divided between several causes, including aiding a local family who now is going through a similar battle with cancer, a $2,000 scholarship to a Downingtown high school baseball player, and a donation to the Hunt of a Lifetime foundation.

This year’s tournament will be held July 14 and 15.

The Downingtown Little League opened its season with about a dozen games on four fields Saturday. About 300 players joined the league this year, Cardelli said.

The Little League also announced a new Help Light Our Field campaign Saturday, which would add lights to all four of the league’s fields and allow teams to begin playing night games. About $350,000 is needed for the project to be completed, Cardelli said.

Follow Daily Local News staff writer Michael N. Price on Twitter @MikePriceWrites.

Thinking about donating to the 2012 Bats for Matt Softball Tournament?! Please visit our "Contact & Donation Info" tab for ways to reach Rose and send a donation


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