Newport Gulls breeze to an easy win on a steamy summer night
NEWPORT – On July 15th, Cardines Field was home to a 7-1 victory as the Newport Gulls took on the Ocean State Waves. The Salvation Army had staff and many fans of both the organization and team in attendance to cheer on the Gulls and support a great cause. Funds were raised and friendships were made. Despite the sweltering heat, fans just kept coming as the night progressed to root for the Newport Gulls and support The Salvation Army.
"It was a great night! It was a good opportunity to meet residents of Newport County in a friendly and fun atmosphere and help build a stronger relationship between Newport and The Salvation Army,” said Lieutenant James Bang, Newport Corp Officer. Lieutenant Bang also gave a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.
Volunteers from the Naval Health Clinic of New England were on hand to help wherever necessary. Richard McGowan, retired Newport Daily News Sports Editor and Newport Corps Advisory Board member for the past ten years, threw out the first pitch.
Caleb Bang, son of Newport Corps Officers Lieutenants James & Jina Bang, made a special delivery in the form of the first pitch to Newport Gulls starting pitcher Blake Battenfield.
The Salvation Army’s Newport Corps offers a variety of programs and services to those in need from Newport. For example, a bread pantry is offered throughout the week, with a food pantry open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to help address hunger issues in the community. A Friday and Sunday Soup Kitchen and seasonal garden, with food distributed through its pantry, is also provided. When funds are available, energy assistance and clothing vouchers are also given to those who qualify.
This is just a sampling of why every opportunity for recognition and donations is critical to meeting the needs of those in the community. Close to $2,000 was raised on the night, which will go towards helping those in need in the Newport community. The Salvation Army is grateful for July 15th being The Salvation Army Night for the Newport Gulls and the impact such participation has on the Newport Corps’ ability to serve others.
The Salvation Army wishes the Newport Gulls best of luck and encourages you to visit cozy Cardines Field to cheer on the Newport Gulls throughout the remainder of the season.