University leadership program supports local charity

By Stephanie Berrong

A student leadership program at the University of Evansville is going to bat for the city's new Ronald McDonald House. The University of Evansville Leadership Academy, a two-year program designed to develop the leadership qualities of its members, is sponsoring on April 5 the 2008 Softball McClassic, a charity fundraiser held at Kleymeyer Park.

"We're very excited about the 2008 Softball McClassic, because not only will it be a fun, exciting weekend, but it's benefiting an amazing cause in the Ronald McDonald House," said John Guth, a member of the UE Leadership Academy who is helping to organize the event.

The entry fee is $140 and guarantees two games for all teams. All proceeds will support Evansville's Ronald McDonald House, which will provide a "home away from home" for families with children suffering serious illness or injury who face a long hospital stay. The house also will be a haven for local families with children in similar situations. Read more about Evansville's Ronald McDonald House in the March/April 2008 Evansville Living on newsstands Friday.

The Softball McClassic begins at 8 a.m., and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to play on teams of 10 or more. The rain date is scheduled for April 19. No alcohol is permitted.