MARSEILLES, Ill. (Aug. 5, 2009) - A donation from Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle County Generating Station has made a big hit at the Wrigley Field West ball fields in Grand Ridge, Ill.
LaSalle Station made a donation that helped the Grand Ridge Youth Baseball Association purchase bleachers for Rachel Field, it's t-ball and instructional league field. Rachel Field is part of the Wrigley Field West complex in rural Grand Ridge. Rachel Field is named after Grand Ridge residents Bob and Cheryl Durdan's late granddaughter.
The association has made additional enhancements to the field, including a new scoreboard and brick walls that accentuate the outfall walls, similar to the historic Chicago Cubs' ball park.
To commemorate the re-furbished field, the association re-dedicated its t-ball and instructional league field in front of about 100 local residents Saturday, July 24. State Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Granville) and former Major League Baseball pitcher and Marquette High School graduate Guy Hoffman attended the ceremony.
"It was a proud night for the Grand Ridge youth baseball program," said Rick Bacon, vice president of the Grand Ridge Youth Baseball Association. "It has taken many generous sponsors and volunteers to make this dream come true. Rachel Field will serve this program extremely well for years to come. On behalf of the youth of Grand Ridge, we want to thank Exelon Nuclear for the donation that helped us purchase the bleachers."
"LaSalle Station was extremely proud to help Grand Ridge buy bleachers," added LaSalle Station Site Vice President Dave Wozniak. "I commend the Durdan family and the Youth Baseball Association for creating such a wonderful facility. You can actually see our nuclear plant from the ball field, so to help our neighbors and the Grand Ridge community is a true honor for us."
To date, LaSalle Station has donated more than $35,000 to local communities in LaSalle and Grundy counties for educational, recreational, environmental and community initiatives. LaSalle Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.