On Friday, June 2 at 11:00 AM, Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and the Borough of Little Ferry, including the Little Ferry Police Department, will unveil the newly-renovated Shannon Dalton Forde Memorial Field (179 Mehrhof Rd., Little Ferry, NJ 07643), dedicated to the late public relations executive for the Mets.
The group will be joined by Mayor Mauro D. Raguseo, Borough of Little Ferry, N.J.; Det. Mike Hinchcliffe, Little Ferry Police Department; Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer, New York Mets; Gary Cohen, SNY Broadcaster and Ceremony Emcee; Tony Reagins, Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball and Shannon’s family and friends,
In December 2016, MLB and its 30 Clubs launched a “PLAY BALL Charity Auction” during Baseball’s Annual Winter Meetings for the fifth consecutive year. Each auction, which raises money through a wide array of unique experiences and items from each MLB Club, has been designed to raise both funds and awareness for a special cause. The initiative was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.
This year, the auction focused on honoring the legacy and memory of Shannon Dalton Forde. More than $235,000 was raised toward the renovation of an existing youth baseball and softball field in Forde’s hometown of Little Ferry. Renovations made to Shannon Dalton Forde Memorial Field included dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, backstop, and scoreboard and field signs. MLB also has worked with the Borough of Little Ferry and the local Police Activities League on the project and future youth programming.
This year’s charity auction total marked the most money raised since the initiative’s inception in 2012, eclipsing last year’s record-high amount. This effort has now raised more than $900,000 for causes related to cancer.