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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Local Legislators to Play in Charity Softball Game to Benefit Anti-Hunger Effort
9/27/2013

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Sam Smith (R-Punxsutawney), Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Jeff Pyle (R-Ford City) are among more than 50 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who will compete in a charity softball game at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at Metro Bank Park on City Island, Harrisburg.

The game will benefit Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania.  The organizations are dedicated to relieving hunger for more than two million Pennsylvanians in need through their statewide network of affiliated food banks, food pantries and other hunger relief organizations.

Among the groups that will benefit from the game is the Indiana County Community Action Program.   Organizers of the event noted that all the funds that are raised though the event will be divided and returned to the local food banks.

“The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness about hunger while raising funds to help charities and nonprofits that are dedicated to feeding those who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Smith.  “Our local food banks provide a tremendous service to our local communities.  This softball game will support them directly and that’s what our time on Monday evening is really about.”

House and Senate members will be divided into East and West Teams.  Smith is one of the captains of the West Team and Reed and Pyle are each players on that team.   Revenue is being generated through a $5 donation at the gate, or a donation of five non-perishable food items.  There will also be a raffle featuring items donated by many of the state’s professional and college sports teams.

“Over the last several years, as families have fought through the effects of the recession, communities throughout the state have seen an increase in the number of folks leaning on local food pantries for support. As our Policy Committee has begun to further explore issues relating to poverty, food security has been among those most frequently discussed,” said Reed, a member of the Indiana County Community Action Program’s Board of Directors. “Recognizing all the good our local food pantries do and the dedication of their volunteers, it is really nice for us to be able to give back and show our appreciation.”

“We have a great group of legislators coming together on Monday who, through friendly competition, will play a fun game for a very worthy cause,” Pyle said.   “We’re not out there playing as Republican or Democrats; we’re out there helping to eradicate hunger in our communities.    We are all looking forward to the game and seeing the funds put to good use all over Pennsylvania.”

The game is being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Legislative Services and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN), which will broadcast the game live on Monday evening.

State Representative Sam Smith
The Speaker
66th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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