A fundraiser for improvements at Champion Field will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at Partners’ Pub in Great River Bowl in Sartell.
Tickets to the event include beer, wine and a variety of appetizers. There will be a silent auction and a “Pave-theWay Brick Sale” so baseball fans can buy bricks with family names inscribed into the bricks. They will then be displayed as part of a structure at Champion Field.
The fundraiser is sponsored by the Sartell Baseball Association and its players and parents.
Champion Field, located in Northside Park, has undergone many repairs and additions in recent years, thanks to the city and fundraising groups. The field is “home” to the Sartell Muskies and many other local baseball teams, including teams of the American Legion, the VFW, the Stone Ponies and Sartell High School.
The upcoming phase of improvements includes construction of a concessions stand, a press box and bathrooms.
Champion Field, once known as Muskie Field, was founded in 1979 by a group of local baseball lovers, including names well known to long-timer Sartell residents: Larry and Aggie Traut, Urban and Dorothy Frank, Jim and Marge Ohotto, Dave and Lu Guggenberger, Rip and Millie Rassier, Harold Perry, Jerry and Judy Pohlkamp, Mike Shea, Tom Gaughan and many others.
The field would not exist without the thousands of hours of volunteer time and materials that went into its making. The name of the field was changed to “Champion” when the Champion Paper Co. in Sartell donated substantial funds to add lights, allowing for night-time games.