BURGAW – The team is called “the Sweetees” but when they step onto the playing field the 5-to-7-year old girls are a force to be reckoned with.

On July 27 the Burgaw Dixie Youth Sweetees will compete for the World Series title in Alexandria, Louisiana. The 12-member team needs to raise $12,000 to offset the cost of travel.

“We are proud of the Burgaw Sweetees,” said Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director. “The Parks Foundation of Pender County, an organization established to enhance the parks and activities in Pender County, will help raise support for the team.”

The Parks Foundation of Pender County has a link on their website, www.penderparksfoundation.org, to donate to the Burgaw Dixie Youth Sweetees 2019 World Series Fund.

“The girls are hard workers on and off the field,” said Shipley. “They have actively participated in fundraisers including Bandana’s, the Burgaw Concert on the Square, Highway 55, and a BBQ by the plate sale. All of us can help make their dream of playing in the World Series a reality by donating online.”

The Parks Foundation of Pender County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible. Shipley said donations to the Burgaw Sweetees World Series fund will be available until Sept. 1.

“Any money raised that is designated to the Sweetees’ fund will go specifically to the expenses incurred by the team traveling to the World Series,” said Shipley.

For more information about the Parks Foundation of Pender County, go online to www.penderparksfoundation.org, or email info@penderparksfoundation.org. Or call Shipley at 910-663-3770.

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