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Veterans Park in Pendleton SC - Step Up To The Plate

Updated on December 6, 2015

Step Up To The Plate for Veterans Park

Photo Credit: Step Up To The Plate Logo by Lynne Parker Graphics
Photo Credit: Step Up To The Plate Logo by Lynne Parker Graphics | Source

Veterans Park in Pendleton SC - A Fundraising Campaign for the Ball Fields

These are very difficult economic times

but this is a project that can not be overlooked any longer.

It is time for us to

"Step Up To The Plate".

Together WE CAN make a difference!

The Town of Pendleton, Pendleton Recreation Association and Friends of the Park have joined together in an effort to raise enough money to renovate the first ball field. The cost of making the first ballfield suitable will be approximately $200,000. Once we have half of that money raised, matching grants can be applied for by the Town of Pendleton.

Step Up To The Plate shirts and balls can be purchased from Friends of the Park in Pendleton.


Our Children Deserve Better Than This - Rusted Fencing is only one of the problems

Fencing at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Fencing at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

There are many things wrong with these fields that we hope to correct. The Rusted fencing is one of the problems but also the lack of efficient dugouts, inadequate drainage, inadequate seating for fans, and distance from the Pavilion where concessions are sold.

The Master Plan calls for all the fields to be turned so that the home plate backs up to the Pavilion. Once the fields are turned with new fencing, drainage, lighting, dugouts, etc., we will be an ideal venue for Tournaments which will bring in more money to the park as well as the whole community.

Step Up To The Plate
Step Up To The Plate

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Veterans Park in Pendleton South Carolina - The Potential - Former Mayor Randy Hayes Discusses The Potential for Veterans Park on this YouTube

Veterans Park in Pendleton SC - The Master Plan - Together WE CAN Make A Difference!

Veterans Park Master Plan
Veterans Park Master Plan

Get involved! Let's Make It Happen!

How Are We Doing So Far?

Watch The Donations Sign - Thank you to Harold Seals and Teri Sloan for this sign

Step Up To The Plate donations sign for Veterans Park
Step Up To The Plate donations sign for Veterans Park

Watch the red paint go around the bases as the money is raised! I am behind on painting in the sign and will get caught up soon, I promise.

As we move from one $10,000 section to another, the baseline portion will be painted white and as more money is raised the line will turn red.

Let's bring it on home!

Watch the Donations Sign at Veterans Park:

Harold Seals volunteered to make the sign and used 2 post left from the build of Barrett's Place Playground.

Teri Sloan, former Town Administrator, volunteered to paint our sign so everyone can watch how we are doing with our fundraising efforts.

All donations are appreciated and you can mail your tax deductible to donation to:

Friends of the Park

PO Box 408

Pendleton SC 29670

or donate online using the donations module on further down this page. Thank you.

Thank You To All Who Contributed to Step Up To The Plate

FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops. Even more importantly FOTP delivered a check
FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops. Even more importantly FOTP delivered a check | Source

Veterans Park - Pendleton -"Step Up To The Plate" Goal

Keep track of how we are doing. This is not the official talley but close

STEP UP TO THE PLATE - This is an unofficial listing of monies raised by Friends of the Park, Pendleton Recreation Association and includes the amount that the town has put into a special account for the ball fields from Hospitality Tax monies. Please note that this money is completely separate from the money being raised for the Veterans Memorial which we hope will be ready to dedicate in the fall of 2014.

GOAL: $200,000.00

Total Raised As of May 2014 - $83,522.19

FOTP - Freedom Fest 08 and 09

$9000.00

PRA - Parking at Freedom Fest 09

312.00

Memorial (Robby Murrah) made to PRA.

1258.83

Spring Brunch 2010

2279.00

Squidoo.com.Friends of the Park

6,057.63

Donations to FOTP

825.00

May 15th Fundraiser

1002.75

Donations to PRA

1100.00

Freedom Fest 2010

7146.37

PRA Parking Freedom Fest

435.00

Rec Nights at Subway

393.46

Fall Festival 2010

884.00

AVON

137.00

FOTP Spring Brunch 2011

2935.97

Spring Brunch 2012

500.00

FOTP Spring Brunch 2013

$710.60

SUTTP Golf Challenge

23000.00

Freedom Fest 2011

10000.00

Chili's

50.00

DAAGBF

1025.93

Town of Pendleton

13,691.00

Leadership P'ton Scavenger Hunt 2013

1124.65

SUB TOTAL

$83,878.19

Merchandise Unsold

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- 356.00

TOTAL

$83,522.19


Together WE CAN Make A Difference

This Step Up To The Plate project is a collaborative effort of the Town of Pendleton, Pendleton Recreation Association and Friends of the Park. We are asking the whole community to come together to make our park the best it can be!

Town Of Pendleton Website - Pendleton SC - Mayor: Frank Crenshaw

The Town of Pendleton offers History, Hospitality and Happenings.

Pendleton Recreation Association
Pendleton Recreation Association

Pendleton Recreation Association

Director: Alan Charping

The Pendleton Recreation Association is a privately run non-profit association of area residents set up to provide recreation programs for the youth of Pendleton area. Youth programs offered include Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Soccer and Softball.

Call 864-646-9226 to sign up for programs!

Upcoming Fundraisers

PRA Car Show April 25 at Veterans Park

Source

How Can You "Step Up To The Plate"?

Here are 6 ways that WE CAN Step Up To The Plate!

Together WE CAN Make A Difference!

1. Mail your tax deductible donation to

Friends of the Park

PO Box 408

Pendleton, SC 29670

2. Talk to your church group, civic group, school group about sponsoring a Fundraiser or have one yourself such as a yard sale, bake sale, lemonade stand. etc. Let the children that this field will benefit help with the fundraising.

3. Visit the Friends of the Park website at http://www.squidoo.com/fotp where 100% of the royalty payments are donated to Friends of the Park. Your visits help the rankings and the higher the rank, the higher the payment. There is a list of other sites that offer the same thing so take time to visit them all. Leave us a comment so we will know you were there. You can also make donations through this website.

4. Participate and help in the fundraising events sponsored by Friends of the Park and Pendleton Recreation Association. They will be posted on the Friends of the Park website.

5. Spread the word to your friends and relatives asking for their support. Every dollar counts.

6. JOIN FRIENDS OF THE PARK - Each Month (3rd Monday at 6:30 pm PUMC) we will hear from each of the 3 partners in this fundraising campaign. Get Involved! The more people we have working on this, the more successful it will be.

One More Very Important Thing You Can Do:

Over the past five years a sub-committee of Imagine Anderson ( a 20 year vision created for Anderson County) has been working behind the scenes to convince County Council to pass a 2% Hospitality Tax for the unincorporated areas of Anderson County. (For example, the businesses at the I85 exits). This would generate approximately $3,000,000 annually. There is also a plan that was created for the distribution of the funds. Much of the money generated would be distributed to county municipalities and communities for recreational facilities.

Tom Allen has said that he wants to hear from people in his Council District (the Pendleton/Townville areas) that would be in favor of the Hospitality Tax; otherwise he feels he couldn't vote for it. Please email him and call him to show support for recreational facilities in our area.

His phone numbers are home (964-9976), cell (934-0417) and his email is thomas9976@charter.net.

Note: I understand that the decision about this has been postponed.

Past Events or Ongoing Events for Step Up To The Plate

$50 was raised at Chili's in Anderson. - Did you Step Up To The Plate at Chili's?

Eat at Chili's for Veterans Park
Eat at Chili's for Veterans Park

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend - October 29, 2011 at Veterans Park

An Alumni Softball Tournament and More!

Click flyer to go directly to the Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend Website

FREEDOM FEST - July 2, 2011 - Friends of the Park will not be able to sponsor Freedom Fest in 2012 - Thank you to all our Volunteers and Participants who came t

FREEDOM FEST 2011
FREEDOM FEST 2011

Click the flyer to be directed to our FREEDOM FEST Website.

This is the 21st Freedom Fest at Veterans Park in Pendleton and we hope everyone in our community is making plans to join us. Get involved - We need volunteers!

Help spread the word, please!

NO FOOD, DRINKS, PETS, COOLERS, ALCOHOL ALLOWED INSIDE THE PARK GROUNDS. WE WILL HAVE LOTS OF GREAT FOOD AND DRINKS FOR SALE

"STEP UP TO THE PLATE GOLF CHALLENGE" - April 29, 2011 Friday at Boscobel

Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge
Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge

We need players, sponsors, volunteers, Hole Sponsors, Food Donations, Prize Donations and more so come join us!

Goal - $50,000 with each participant going out and trying to raise at least $1,000 each.

Update We didn't reach our goal but did raise over $20,000 for this great cause with only 12 teams involved. We had hoped there would be 18 teams working on this fundraiser but we were pleased and had a great time. PRA and FOTP and the Town of Pendleton appreciates all those who donated and all of those who volunteered!

Our Spring Brunch Fundraiser was great fun and raised close to $3,000 for our cause - Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who made this event possible

Spring Brunch fundraiser
Spring Brunch fundraiser

AVON CALLING - Step Up To The Plate with AVON

Avon Fundraiser for Step Up To The Plate
Avon Fundraiser for Step Up To The Plate

Thank you to Robert and Heather Beckham for this fundraiser.

To order AVON, please contact Heather Beckham at 864-617-7335

Fall Festival's BUBBA BAKE OFF will benefit our Step Up To The Plate Fundraising Campaign - Want you Bake A Cake?

Bubba Bake Off at Pendleton SC's Fall Harvest Festival
Bubba Bake Off at Pendleton SC's Fall Harvest Festival

REC NIGHT AT SUBWAY - AUGUST 30, 2010 - 10% of the profits from 4 to 10 will be donated to Veterans Park

Subway Rec Night
Subway Rec Night

Rec Night at Subway in Pendleton SC to benefit the Step Up The Plate campaign - for the ball fields at Veterans Park

Rec Night at Subway in Pendleton

July 19, 2010

4 to 10 pm

10% of their proceeds will be donated to the Step Up To The Plate campaign

SUBWAY REC NIGHT - July 19, 2010 - Subway has Stepped Up To The Plate!

Subway Rec Night
Subway Rec Night

Thank you Subway! Wow, $123.25 for the first night - Thanks everybody!

May 15, 2010 Fund-Raiser - This event raised $1002.75 for our STEP UP TO THE PLATE fundraising campaign!

May 15 Fundraiser
May 15 Fundraiser

Thank you to the Coaches and Parents who have stepped up to the plate to provide this fundraiser. We strongly urge others to follow them with other fundraisers for the Ball Fields at Veterans Park

GREAT FUNDRAISER ON MAY 15 - Interview with Brandon Gray on YouTube

All the children and adults had a great time at this excellent fundraiser for the Ball Fields at Veterans Park and they STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE at the same time!

Photos from May 15th Fundraiser - click smaller photos to enlarge

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Diamond Day 2010 - Click smaller photos to enlarge

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Camp Proverbs and Their Rendition of "Step Up To The Plate"

"Step Up To The Plate" Skit - by Joan Kelly

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Blessed!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful fund raising ideas,; and so good that so many organizations are pitching in to help. All these folks are truly "stepping up to the plate," in raising the needed funds. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you so much! Heading to take a look now

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Nancy - this lens was featured today at Squidoo Lens Review - http://blog.growwear.com/baseball-is-back-life-is-... all I can to help you promote this worthy cause. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love the Donations sign - what a clever idea -- terrific to see the progress of the fund raising efforts for the Friends of the Park project "Step Up to the Plate". You've done amazingly well so far, Nancy.PS: I've added my 'Crazy About Baseball' story to your list below featuring lensmasters giving to Friends of the Park.

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      This is a great lens for a wonderful cause Wish all the best in fund raising, will find out how to create a charity lens I will add yours

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      You are a true friend of the park!

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      Steve Arun 6 years ago

      I like your lens, I love Squidoo as they do a lot of charity. I am lensrolling this and will be featured in my next update of Squidoo Charity Index.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I think it is times like these when we really need to fund raise for fun and healthy activities, and it's a bonus that this is also one of preservation. Go teams!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It is my hope that the fund raising goals are reached for the project. This is a wonderful cause to make a lens for Nancy. ~ Very nicely done! Now, what's this I hear that we're going to see pictures of you and Doc dressed as chew toys for Halloween? ... Will that be rawhide???

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      steveffeo lm 6 years ago

      The work you do for your community AND on Squidoo is amazing and an inspiration to me.Blessed by an angel

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Superb job on this Pendleton lens! Glad I can help raise some funds for your wonderful town and charity! Blessed by this September SquidAngel!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a lens! Nancy, the time and effort you put into this really shows, and I wish you all the best of success in raising the funds your community needs! Both you and Joan and such wonderful ambassadors to Pendleton

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a wonderful lens Nancy. I don't think I have seen anything close to this as a fundraising lens. Great job, and I wish you loads of success in raising the money that you need.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy, you've done an excellent job of promoting this for your community. They're lucky to have someone as creative, intelligent, and dedicated as you to help them spread the word and raise money for their project.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, great lens, Ohme! Your support of Veteran's Park online must be quite helpful to the cause.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my Zazzle lens. I hope it does well for both of us.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Apologies Nancy but I'm a bit slow on the draw. Lensrolling this somewhere and I trust you don't mind.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Great cause Ohme, the one I can expect coming from you... because it reflect yout love for Pendleton.Regardsmichey

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Just dropping in again to say thank you so much for including me here.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      love the looks of the plan

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      southshoretees 7 years ago

      You've done such an incredible job with all of your local Pendleton lenses, they're something to aspire to! A Veterans Park is certainly something we can all get behind to honor our troops - past and present. Good luck with the fundraising, I think you'll do great!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a wonderful cause, Nancy and the town of Pendleton! Loved Joan Kelly's video presentation! I'd say she hit one right out of the park with that one!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      I don't think anything got left out! Very attractive lens/way to give Pendleton, SC the scoop on this very worthy project. Best of luck! SquidooAngel Blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Keep up the good work. Our goal is doable if we all work together.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Yep, you are exactly right, Joan. Together WE CAN make a difference! We've got a playground and trail to prove that, don't we?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Heather426: Thank you so much for your donation to our cause. Folks like you do make a difference.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Such great work y'all do in Pendleton, Nancy!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      What a wonderful project - I'm pulling for you!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I am changing my lens about my father over to donate to your very worth charity. I am sure my father would be very happy to help such a good cause.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I added my lens that I've set up to donate 100% to Friends of The Park. Wishing you much success. I hope I help a lot!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      I love the idea of the success chart at the park! That will be fun to watch. I know you Pendleton folks will meet your goals -- you always do!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Spook LM: Every little bit helps, Kevin and it sure is appreciated. Thank you!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I came back to add one to the plexo. Hope you don't mind. All the best.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Great lens and great idea. I haven't added anything to the plexo as am still busy trying to change the royalties on ALL my lenses to FOTP. It won't be much but at least is something. Best of luck.