Jonesboro Elks Lodge raises money for Miracle League

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Jonesboro Elks Lodge hosted  "A Miracle League Night at the Elks" fundraiser Saturday.

The event included live music, food, drinks and silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Miracle League Field and playground construction plans.

Tickets for the fundraiser cost $10.

Holli Crowe is excited that her 10-year-old daughter who has Down Syndrome will have another place to be a kid once the Miracle League Complex in Jonesboro is completed.

"There's just not many places that she can participate and play and be welcome," she said. "She loves to swim. She loves to run and play and swing, so we're excited about the park that's coming so that she'll be able to do those things.

The $2.1 million dollar project will be built at the Southside Softball Complex adjacent to the Jonesboro Human Development Center.

Special education teacher Brandy Ivy knows firsthand just how much the Miracle League Park is needed.

"A lot of time our public schools do not even have equipment for our kids with special needs to be able to use and when a child's in a wheelchair they just sit there during their recess time instead of being able to participate with the other children," she said.

"This is very much something that we need in Northeast Arkansas and it'll be a program that'll benefit everyone."

Elks Lodge member and Nettleton Public Schools Special Education Supervisor Lynn Cooper said they plan on doing the fundraiser every year to support the Miracle League.

"Children will actually get to be on a baseball league. It's not just playing the park. They're going to be a part of a team. They'll have a buddy that will help them play."

Visit the Miracle League Facebook page for more information about the project.

For donation information, call Lynn Cooper at (870) 219-2497.

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