Eagles donate $50,000 to Montgomery Field Legacy Fund in Celina

CELINA — The Grand Lake Aerie No. 1291 Fraternal Order of Eagles of Celina recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Montgomery Field Legacy Fund.

Representatives of The Grand Lake Mariners, Celina High Bulldogs, Celina ACME and Wright State University-Lake Campus baseball teams accepted the check.

“The Eagles organization is proud to make the lead gift to the Montgomery Field Legacy Fund,” Eagles Club Manager Traci Willrath said in a news release.

“We appreciate all of our local sponsorships for what they have done for our community and youth, who will all benefit in a big way,” Celina baseball coach John Dorner said.

The second phase of the Montgomery Field renovation has begun. This includes the construction of a larger and safer third base dugout with a team restroom, umpire changing room and storage areas.

“Celina City Schools and its baseball program love being able to play at Montgomery Field,” Celina Superintendent Dr. Ken Schmiesing said. “The continued updates and upgrades are a blessing for our local student-athletes. What a great venue we have to offer players and fans which augments the great features our city has to offer,”

“The Eagles’ generous donation will jump-start the third-base dugout project which is estimated to cost $280,000,” Mariners president Bill Montgomery said. “We greatly appreciate this fine gesture.”

“The foresight and generosity of both individuals and companies that have made the upgrade to Montgomery Field possible will make it the premier facility of its kind in our area and will help attract visitors to our community,” Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said.

Funding has been secured for Phase One, but donations for the first base dugout improvements are still being accepted to complete Phase Two. Contact Dorner at 419-733-2235 for more information and sponsorship benefits.

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.