WAEB/AccuWeather Benefit Softball Game 2013

Dr. Joe Sobel and Bobby Gunther Walsh

Dr. Joe Sobel and Bobby Gunther Walsh


Historic Limeport Stadium was the site for the 26th benefit softball game to support our shelter’s work. Despite rainy and miserable weather, both teams played valiantly, cheered on by Dr. Joe Sobel and Bobby Gunther Walsh. A total of $3532 was raised for the animals, who are the real winners of this game!

A very special player appeared to launch the first ball: Anton, a former AID cat who came to us with a broken back but eventually regained the use of his paralyzed hind legs, proudly delivered the first “pitch” by taking a ball (velcroed to his sporty t-shirt) all the way out to the pitcher’s mound. Anton was escorted by his proud owner, Jeff Benner, who spent weeks training Anton to perform flawlessy. Anton was exhausted after his purrformance and took a nap back at our shelter, using the baseball as a cushion for his head!

Anton delivers the first pitch of the game.

Anton delivers the first pitch of the game.

Many thanks to all who made this event possible, starting with all of the staff and friends of WAEB and AccuWeather. Special thanks to our dedicated staff and shelter volunteers who again cooked and served the delicious food at the stadium, handled the raffle, and did countless other chores at the stadium and also back at our shelter. Denise Shaffer again helped to provide emergency medical care. Thanks also to the fine folks at Limeport Stadium, whose hospitality and kindness are much appreciated.


Allen Audiology generously sponsored the game this year.

Very special thanks to Bob and Jan Thomas for donating $500 for a challenge to the game attendees! Delicious food for the cookout after the game was again donated by the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market. Thanks also to Link BeverageDan’s Camera CityYocco’s Hot Dogs, and other donors of food and prizes.

Anton resting after the WAEB/AccuWeather Softball game to benefit Animals In Distress

Anton Resting after the Game

A final big thank you to all of our newsletter readers and all of the WAEB fans who bought raffle tickets, attended the game, and in general supported this event (and many others throughout the year).

Top raffle prize winners: Robert Focht of Allentown won a Weber gas grill donated by Lehigh Appliances and SupplyMr. and Mrs. James Evely of Nazareth won a gorgeous pair of earrings donated by Westgate Jewelers of Bethlehem.



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