Andover nonprofit benefits from baseball-themed festivities

December 22, 2017 by  

At the annual Spirit of Giving Gala, Dennis Eckersley, a pitcher in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Bob Lobel, an iconic sports anchor on television in Boston, recently raised over $290,000 for the Ironstone Farm in Andover.

Ironstone Farm is a nonprofit organization that provides programs for adults and children with special needs, seniors with memory issues, people diagnosed with cancer, and others. The funds raised will go to support these programs and the more than 200 volunteers who help around 500 clients each week.

This year’s gala had a vintage baseball theme, with vintage artwork by Joe Farnham of Lowell, appetizers inspired by baseball park flavors, and ‘Take Me out to the Ballgame’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’ sung by the crowd. There were also 60 items in the silent auction.

Tom Caron, Red Sox anchor for NESN-TV, was master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the live auction. After dinner, there was a tribute concert to Billy Joel by Jon Abrams and his Billy Joel Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.

The Spirit of Giving Award was presented to Eckersley by Tom Jones of Andover, while the Joann Weber Award was presented to Bob Lobel by Drew Weber, who formerly owned the Lowell Spinners.

Flyers can be used to attract large numbers of people to events like these, and to publicize fundraising efforts.