Dinner to benefit girls softball, families

CONTRIBUTEDMembers of ROC Elite Fastpitch Softball are hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday at the Grove City American Legion. Meals will also be donated to local families. Pictured are, from left: front row, Ella Skodak, Gabby Laderer, Izzie Candiotti, Haley White, and Keeley Whitaker; back row, Maya Mourtacos, Jordan Brest, Gianna Mancini, Kailyn Adams, Angelina Eakman, Alaina Bowers, and Tori May; and Will White, assistant coach, and Sam Eakman, head coach. Not pictured is team member Abby Boland.

GROVE CITY – A local girls softball team is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser that will benefit their group plus area families.

“It’s a win-win situation,” said Isabelle Eakman, who is helping to organize the event.

Her daughter Angelina, 11, is the starting pitcher for ROC Elite Fastpitch Softball, a travel team that includes girls from all over Mercer County.

The dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 220, 1946 Mercer-Grove City Road, Pine Township.

Proceeds will help cover costs associated with a travel team, like tournament fees, equipment, uniforms, facility rental fees, and more.

“We play year-round,” said Eakman, of Mercer.

There are 13 girls on the team ages 12 and under, and they come from softball teams in their hometowns.

“They’re like the elite players,” she said.

ROC, which stands for “Rely on Christ,” is a private team that’s been around for about 10 years, and it is not associated with any school.

The girls hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Legion on Jan. 19, which turned out to be a very cold and snowy day.

Some people who bought tickets in advance decided to stay at home, and the team ended up donating those meals to families in Mercer, Grove City and Harrisville.

Eakman is glad that the food did not go to waste, and that the ticket holders were more than happy to make sure others got a hot meal that day.

“That’s kind of the best case scenario,” she said.

They’re planning the same thing this time around, and they will be delivering dinners to families in those areas.

People are already buying tickets and asking to have them used for meal donations, she said.

The donated meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Families who would like to arrange a delivery or pickup order can contact Eakman to reserve their meals.

Diners can buy tickets at the door on Sunday for their own meals. Adult dinners are $9, and kids under 12 are $5. The meal includes spaghetti with two meatballs, salad and dressing, dinner roll, beverages, and dessert from Allie’s Sweet Tooth.

There will also be a Chinese auction, and Eakman is still accepting donated items.

She thanks the girls and their families, the American Legion, and community members for their support.

TO buy tickets for donated meals or to donate to the Chinese auction, call Isabelle Eakman at 724-458-4540.