Project Main Street’s third annual Tim Sheehy Softball Classic Tournament was held last Saturday, May 20, on Roosevelt Island. Ten teams competed for the trophy in the homegrown charity fundraiser. The last four teams standing got reinforcement from former MLB players, including Aaron Boone and Mike Lowell, as well as sports broadcaster Jessica Mendoza.
Many families and kids enjoyed a photo-op with the sports stars, who also signed paraphernalia that were sold to benefit the charity. It was a long day for all, but a successful one. Frances Sheehy, the daughter of Tim and Katie Sheehy, participated in the event for the first time.
On Friday evening, the night before the tournament, a gala and auction was held at Empire Casino in Yonkers. According to Project Main Street board member Emmett Towey, the event was a booming success. “It was incredible fun and we stayed out too late,” says Towey, “but we raised close to $200,000!” His wife, Karen Towey, says that some 270 people attended the gala and another 200 showed up for the softball tournament.
Project Main Street estimates that the events brought in a total of $300,000, all of which will go to their new partner, Team Gleason, to assist those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.