By CARL GREEN
Sauget, IL – Steamfitters Local 439’s annual “Night at the Grizzlies” baseball fundraiser Saturday, June 1, at GCS Ballpark, home of the Gateway Grizzlies minor league team, will benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Burn Camp for Kids.
This is the 16th year Local 439 has hosted the event, in honor of George Bailey, who was fatally injured in an explosion of superheated water at U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works in 2004. He was the cousin of Local 439’s Janie Bailey and retired Business Manager Totsie Bailey. Over the years, the Local has raised more than $400,000 for the camp in George Bailey’s name to help young burn survivors enjoy some fun during the summer.
The week-long camp costs $2,500 per child, and is run entirely on donations. Doctors, nurses and volunteers arrive a week early to get things ready and then stay for the week with the kids.
“These kids have the scars physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives, and they deserve to enjoy life as a kid,” said Janie Bailey, who chairs the event.
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS
For the “Night at the Grizzlies” event, a $25 donation will be good for the pre-game pork steak dinner, starting at 5:45 p.m., and admission to the game, starting at 7:05 p.m.
Gift cards, cash and raffle items all are needed. Groups that buy a Home Run Sponsorship for $100 will see their names displayed at the stadium.
To buy tickets or make a donation, sends checks payable to IFSA to Steamfitters 439, 1220 Donald Bailey Dr., Caseyville IL 62232, or contact Janie Bailey at 618-624-6096 or 618-444-4176 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.