From left to right, standing: Keyshawn Martin, Camilla Cotchett, Donor, Jaden Sance, Nick Bovis, Xavier Simmons; Kneeling: Rodney Green, Keyonn Martin, Keytrell Martin, Darias Sance.
By Kia Croom
The Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids hosted “Gloves Across the Bay”—a fundraiser benefiting Richmond Little League Baseball and Softball.
The event, which took place, Tuesday May 28 at the Broadway Grill in Burlingame, raised more than $15,000 in support for the league, which had its equipment and money stolen last month. The proceeds will help improve the team’s field at Nicholl Park in Richmond.
The fundraiser was suggested by District 14 Congresswoman Jackie Speier after she learned the league’s concession stand was burglarized. She encouraged Nick Bovis, president of the Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids and owner of the Broadway Grill, to organize a benefit to replace stolen items.
Responding quickly, Bovis organized the event in two weeks. “We are just happy to be able to do this,” he said. “The Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for kids believes baseball builds bridges. We are just thrilled to keep these kids in the game and equipped to play ball.”
The event included a silent auction and an outpouring of support from Peninsula residents. One of the contributors, Camilla Cotchett, made a $5,000 pledge in support of the league.
“When I hear about kids living in poverty and having a hard time growing up, I want to help,” she said. “I have lived a really good life and have not known poverty, so I will do whatever I have to do to support them.”
Cotchett said she plans to work the entire summer and will donate her earning to the league. All she asked for in return was a picture with the team.
The team’s supporters included Camille Cotchett and family; Congressman George Miller; Congresswoman Jackie Speier; and Richmond Police Activities League, Executive Director Larry Lewis.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.