Philadelphia’s Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM morning host, John DeBella and baseball legends Darren Daulton and Tommy Greene have teamed up with the area’s Mercedes-Benz dealers to help children and leagues in need of baseball equipment ‘play ball’. After 3 weeks of steady donations the total was 2000 pieces of equipment, that will help 170 teams.
There was a huge outpouring from listeners who brought their new or gently used gloves, bats and balls to one of the six Mercedes-Benz dealership drop-off locations between Monday, March 7 and Saturday, March 26. Participating dealers included:
Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill-2151 NJ-70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Euro Motorcars Devon – 214 W Lancaster Ave #1a, Devon, PA 19333
Keenan Motors in Doylestown – 4311 W Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington – 404 Pennsylvania Ave, Fort Washington, PA 19034
Mercedes-Benz of West Chester – 1260 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
Mercedes-Benz of Wilmington – 3801 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805
All equipment has been donated to Pitch In For Baseball, a local organization that provides baseball equipment to under-served children and leagues in the Philadelphia area and across the world. This drive was the most successful drive they have had.
Single family donations and league/school group collections are welcomed. The league/school with the largest donation gets Phillies legend Darren Daulton or Tommy Greene to appear at their Opening Ceremony or All-Star Game. Single families are also able to donate items in the name of their league/school.
The entire idea for the baseball equipment drive came from the mind of morning host, John DeBella. He remembered the days of his youth when he and his friends had to borrow and share equipment because not all of them could afford it. As a result, he wanted to find a way to help Philadelphia-area children, who needed equipment so that they didn’t experience the same struggles that he did. DeBella went to the airwaves to ask for input from his listeners and within a few days, he linked up with Pitch In For Baseball, Mercedes-Benz, Darren Daulton and Tommy Greene.