Coney Island

Treyger organizes softball game to help autistic kids

July 17, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember Mark Treyger (kneeling at left) and the game’s participants raised $1,300 for the Coney Island Autism Angels. Photo courtesy Treyger’s office

Councilmember Mark Treyger has beaten plenty of opponents in his political career, but on July 14, he won a victory against autism.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) organized a charity softball game at MCU Park to raise money for a Coney Island-based non-profit group that works to raise awareness of autism.

The Coney Island Autism Angels faced off against the council member and his team, called Team Treyger in a game that raised an impressive $1,300 for the Angels. The group was founded by Veronica and Anthony Droz, whose daughter has autism. The group hosts workshops, conducts clothing drives, donates school supplies and works to educate the public about autism.

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The money was raised through ticket sales at the game, according to Treyger’s office.

The final score was 10-8 in favor of Team Treyger, but the councilmember said that the outcome was secondary to the fun on and off the field and the efforts by everyone involved to raise awareness of autism.

Treyger’s Team included members of the lawmaker’s staff, cops from the 60th Precinct and community leaders. The Autism Angels put a team on the field that included parents and organization volunteers.

It was a memorable night, and not just because of the softball gamet, according to Treyger.

Coney Island resident Veronica Bright regaled the crowd with the singing of the National Anthem. Comedian Damon Rozier of the United Spinal Association and Coney Island YMCA Executive Director Sam Moore threw out the ceremonial first pitches. The Brooklyn Cyclones mascot Peewee entertained the children in the crowd. Singer Lisette Stennett performed between innings.

“This was a great game and a memorable evening for a truly worthy cause. I am very proud to have partnered with the Coney Island Autism Angels and everyone involved to bring awareness to this issue and to raise money to support this group’s incredible work across our community,” Treyger said.

“My sincere thanks to MCU Park for allowing us to use this beautiful venue, to Veronica and Anthony Droz of Coney Island Autism Angels and to everyone else involved in making this night so special. It is great to know that our hard work and efforts will directly benefit families and children throughout the community,” Treyger said.

“All proceeds will go toward school supplies for community children and to enrich our social group at the YMCA,” Veronica Droz said.


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