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Par-Troy 'Ecstatic' for Support of World Series Team

League president estimates $30K to $50K needs to be raised to offset costs.

The is enjoying strong support from businesses and individuals throughout the township as its continues to compete in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

"We're ecstatic," said John Bucciarelli, the league's president.

Part of the good feeling stems from the fundraising effort. Bucciarelli said there is no set money goal, but he estimated a figure between "$30,000 and $50,000."

That number comes from the president's calculation that each player's family spent roughly $200 per day during the 10-day trip to Bristol, Conn., for the.

"That's about $25,000 right there," he said. "And with at least five days in Pennsylvania, well, it adds up. Right now, we've raised about $16,000."

T-shirt sales at certainly helped, he said, noting that so far at $10 each. 

"We don't have an exact figure yet from that, but we certainly are grateful for everything Modell's is doing."

Class Act Embroidery also designed special hats for the occasion, and some local enterprises, such as in Lake Hiawatha, donated proceeds from sales to PTLLE.

Meanwhile, the league is tallying contributions from other local businesses, who donated during a canvassing effort by PTLLE boosters. 

also made a donation to its crosstown compatriot.

"We wish them good luck on their quest to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport," PTWLL President Frank Neglia said. "We're all behind them. We are all proud of their accomplishments and their representation of Parsippany."

If you would like to contribute, PTLLE is accepting donations via Paypal on its website. All of the money raised will go to reimburse the parents of the World Series Mid-Atlantic champs.

A tired-sounding Bucciarelli said he got back from Williamsport at about 2:30 Sunday morning following the , Saturday night.

"At the spur of the moment, we got together 30 people to take a bus up Saturday to see the game," he said. "Aristocrat [Limousine and Bus] didn't have any large buses available, but they did have a small 30-seater that we filled in a couple of hours.

"We're so glad that worked out, because it was a great game."

The only real cloud—one far more significant than the team's loss to Texas in Game 1 Friday—was the Sunday morning death of Manager Mike Ruggiero's father-in-law from a stroke, according to NJ.com.

Tracy Ruggiero, the manager's wife, told Patch that her father fell ill Friday. She said the family attempted to get to see him, but time ran short. All prayers are appreciated, she said.

Bucciarelli said a bus—donated by Aristocat, as were the ones that and Saturday—will be heading back to Williamsport Monday. It will leave from the parking lot of at 11 a.m. Seats are already sold out, according to PTLLE Vice President of Baseball Todd Finchler.

The Parsippany boys face the Petaluma, Calif., team Monday at 4 p.m. in the Little League World Series. (Petaluma is yet another Patch town.)

The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN.com.

Todd M. Finchler August 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Natalie - well done - again. You have covered this team LONG before they were on anyone else's media radar. The league most appreciates your coverage. The community appreciates it as well! It is true that PTE is trying to raise money to offset the substantial costs of the families - and the easiest way to donate is to go to the PayPal link you have provided. The bus for Monday was filled as of 8pm Sunday night, but people can still drive up to the game or catcfh it on ESPN at 4pm.
Patch3 August 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Thoughts and prayers to Tracy/Mike and family on the loss of Tracy's father. Condolences.
Hank Heller August 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM
We read in the Star-Ledger and Patch about the courage, character and love that the Mr. and Mrs. Ruggiero showed in carrying on in the face of the terrible loss of Mrs. Ruggiero's Dad. We are truly sorry for their loss and pain. We hope that Mr. Kayal is looking down and smiling at all his boys as they march forward to honor his memory. May the family's pain pass quickly.
Jeff August 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Great job Natalie and PTLLE. Great coverage and great team. Go Parsippany. On separate note, based on sub-title of story that there are 30-50k needs to be raised to offset costs, I suggest that the town council and even BOE discuss the possibility of the having the town contribute. Although I am fully aware that PTLLE is a private organization -- this organization / team has successfully shown another positive light on why families and businesses should move to Parsippany. So far this team has been a public relations boon with no cost to Parsippany. As the town council and Mayor continue to spend 22k annually on a canned website and were ready to spend another 20k on a commerical for purposes of highlighting/promoting the town -- I do not see why they shouldn't instead divert some of those funds to help out these families. From my standpoint, they have gotten constant free positive press in the newspapers, television and radio medias on the local, national and even international levels. So far a variety of donations have only come from private organizations or directly from people via paypal/check contributions. It would be nice to see the BOE and Township of Parsippany stand up and help out. This could be in the form of providing a School Bus for transportation, a venue to watch games or directly helping those families that have gotten us to the Little League World Series. What do you think...
Martin August 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I'm sorry, but I have to draw the line here. Many of these parents have been, for many years, paying for private lessons, pitching clinics, private coaching, velocity and speed training (group and private) all at their own costs for this team. They knew what they were getting into when they put their kids on this team years ago. Now as a taxpayer, you are asking me to foot the bill for the dream vacation? I don't think so. I've always wanted to go to Fiji, I'll set up a Paypal account everyone can contribute to, then I will also ask the BOE to take away from my kids educations to contribute to it as well.
Jeff August 20, 2012 at 08:26 PM
If your trip for Fiji has the possibility of bringing in businesses, families and general goodwill within and towards the town -- then I might contribute. However, I don't think that's the case and that we aren't comparing apples to apples. Obviously, many businesses and folks in and outside of town understand and have generously contributed to the team. Why don't you watch a game and enjoy.
Anna Marie Weiss August 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@ Martin - What a cold and uneducated comment! While many parents do all they can to help their children, many more especially in today's economy struggle just to put their children on teams. All dream of making it and very few ever do. If you don't think this is a worthwhile way to donate your money it is very simple - DON'T. You are free to contribute the the charity or cause of your choice or just keep your money. It's not a tax, it has nothing to do with being a taxpayer, You choose to donate or you don't. Personally I am so proud and happy for these boys and their families, and also proud of how the town has come together to support their success. Obviously some just choose to be malcontents. Good luck with your Figi fund.
Jacqueline Izzo August 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Can people just leave positive comments? What a great accomplishment for these kids! They should be extremely proud of themselves, not only for how they played the game, but how the game they played united a community! We could sure use a lot more of that. Way to go PTE! I'm proud of all of you!
CONCETTA BARNISH August 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
my family is very proud of the Little League East even thought you didn't win. In our book your still number 1 You all did great. And you should all be very proud of yourselves safe trip home. Good luck in your up coming school year.
Todd M. Finchler August 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The Township has supported - and is continuing to support - this team. It is hosting a parade on Sunday. The league is not soliciting monetary contributions from the Township. The league is very, very honored that the Township is supporting these boys with the parade - and we're so honored to be its partner in the event. This is the feel-good story of the year in Parsippany - and we do not want anything to detract from it! Let's get behind this team by coming out to the parade on Sunday and showing our support.
Nick Limanov August 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Where is the parade? I Haven't seen any advertising or info on it...would love to go and hope that others come out and support to.
Natalie Davis (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Hi, Son! The mayor made the announcement just moments ago. Of course, your friendly neighborhood Patch has the news: http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/township-to-celebrate-par-troy-east-all-stars-sunday
Par70 August 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Excellent Job Natalie. Thank you for keeping us informed. Great Job To Par Troy this is well deserved. GO PTE!!!
Todd M. Finchler August 23, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Natalie has done an outstanding job with the coverage of this story. Superlatives do not do justice to her interest in and reporting on this story.
clyde donovan August 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Martin has an extremely vaild point. In fact, I've lost my interest in the story of these kids since it has now become about money and panhandling/welfare for the families of team members. No one forced anyone to go to Williamsport. Don't put your kid on an all-star team of this sort if you can't pay the freight.
Par70 August 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Get over yourself and stuff it. This is a time to celebrate -- all contributions have been private. You don't want to contribute then don't -- really don't care as your posts seem to be the most negative on the boards. Celebrate the fact that children from our town -- accomplished something really neat.
Todd M. Finchler August 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Will repeat - league has not solicited and will not solicit public funds. All contributions derive from individuals and private companies. Every other Little League in LL World Series does same thing. Parents of players incur substantial expenses - and lose time from work (some will lose one month of income). No question it is a wonderful experience for players and their families, but there is nothing wrong with a non-profit doing a fundraiser to support their teams. High school bands do fundraisers to enable them to take trips to out-of-state competitions. This is no different. Hope everyone can just focus on the incredible accomplishment of these boys and be happy for them.

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