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Let's Celebrate Families! 

Eventbrite - Let's Go to Bat for Kids! - A celebration of family

Family is the most important influence on children and Let's Go to Bat for Kids! is a celebration of that. This is an evening for our entire community to come out and celebrate our families and each other. We go to bat to make sure that all families have a safe and stable home.

The Media Giants are back to take on the CCWM Padres in the annual softball game. The game features players from the local media and priests and other community members from throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Judge Sara Smolenski, from the 63rd District Court, is back to umpire and host our evening. Judge Patricia Gardner from the 17th Circuit Court and Carl Apple, Director of Communication for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will also be umpires. Jordan Carson, from WOTV-4/Wood TV 8, will be singing our National Anthem. 

This FREE evening will feature entertainment that the whole family can enjoy in a safe and fun environment.

Come on out to our celebration of family! 

Thursday, June 26 2014

Fifth Third Ball Park 

Gates Open: 5:30 P.M.

Opening Ceremonies: 6:30 P.M.

First Pitch thrown by Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids

To learn more about family programs click HERE.
To learn more about foster care click HERE

What's Happening!

  • Bounce house
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building station
  • Crash & Frankie (Whitecaps Mascots)
  • Creative Station
  • Face painting
  • Fire truck (Plainfield Fire Department)
  • Grif (Grand Rapids Griffins)
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Pitching speed game
  • Red (Red Robin Gourmet Burgers)
  • Sonic Tot Spot
  • Stormy the Magician 

It's a double header! 

In addition to the game between the priests and media, 20 kids from the Northview Little League will be playing from 5:30 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.. They are going to bring their A game to get you ready for the main event.





Eventbrite - Let's Go to Bat for Kids! - A celebration of family

Please note, parking at the park is $6. 
Concessions will be available at regular prices. 

Meet your players! 

The CCWM Padres


The Media Giants

Fr. Steve Cron, St. Joseph the Worker, Captain Todd Chance, MLive, Captain 


Doug Greenslate, Aquinas

Fr. Peter Vu, Assumption

Fr. Scott Nolan, Basilica of St. Adalbert

Very Rev. John Geaney, CSP Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Fr. Mike Hennesey, CSP Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Terry Walsh, CCWM

Deacon Rick Dubridge, Christ the King - St. Frances de Sales

Fr. Mark Bauer, Holy Family

Fr. Steve Dudek, Holy Name of Jesus

Jegar Fickel, Holy Name of Jesus

Fr. Anthony Vainavicz, Senior Priest

Adam Munoz, San Juan Diego Academy

Fr. Den Morrow, SS. Peter and Paul

Patrick  Byars, St.  Simon

Fr. Lamar Partin, St. Alphonsus

Fr. Loc  Trinh, St. Anne and St. Philip Neri

Fr. Charlie Brown, St. Francis de Sales

Fr. James VanderLaan, St. Francis de Sales

Fr. Steve Cron, St. Joseph the Worker

Carlos  Gutierrez, St. Joseph the Worker

Fr. Tom Page, St. Jude

Fr. Chuck Schwartz, St. Mary-St. Paul Parish

John Johnson, St. Patrick Parish in Portland

Fr. Larry King, St. Patrick Parish in Portland

Dan Schumaker, St. Patrick Parish in Portland

Elizabeth Pung, St. Pius X

Fr. Len  Sudlik, St. Robert of Newminster

Fr. Wayne Wheeler, St. Simon

Walt Gutowski, Swift Printing

Todd Peters, West Catholic

Thomas Cavera 









AJ Ackley, 105.3 HOT FM       

Rachael Gray, 105.3 HOT FM 

Gravy, 105.3 HOT FM 

Leo Martonosi, Allegan News

Rich Berry, Cumulus   

Rick Hickman, Cumulus          

Julius Szilagyl, Cumulus

Den Middleton, Entertainer     

Annalise Kransz, Fox 17           

Kelly Smith, Fox 17     

Eliot Westdorp, Holy Family Radio      

Scott Taylor, Lee Steel 

John Sinkevics, Local Spins       

Todd Chance, Mlive    

Marty Brooks, Thunder 94.5   

Kim St. James, Thunder 94.5   

Ryan Schulling, WBBL  

Tony Gates, WLAV     

Michelle McKormick, WLAV   

Laura Ridenour, WLAV 

Eva Aguirre-Cooper, Wood TV 8          

Jordan Carson, Wood TV 8        

Matt Kirkwood, Wood TV 8     

Emily Linnert, Wood TV 8      

Laura Velasquez, Wood TV 8      

Joy Walczak, Wood TV 8          

Juliet Dragos, WZZM 13         

Amy Fox, WZZM 13  

Dan Harland, WZZM 13         

Dave Kaechele, WZZM 13      

Stacia Kalinoski, WZZM 13     

Alana Nehring, WZZM 13       

Aaron Ofseyer, WZZM 13      

Jennifer Pascua, WZZM 13      

Sarah Sell, WZZM 13  

Lauren Stanton, WZZM 13     

Stephanie Webb, WZZM 13   

Steve Zaagman, WZZM 13

Scott Brandenburg, MLive Muskegon Chronicle

Dillon Davis, MLive Muskegon Chronicle

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Are you ready to go to bat for kids?

To sponsor the game please contact Bethany Stowe at 616.551.5663 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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