Special Olympics Day at Quigley Stadium

The West Haven Twilight League will be holding its 1st annual Mario Peruzzi Special Olympics Day on Saturday, July 26, at Quigley Stadium in West Haven.

The event will begin with a welcome ceremony at 12:30 with a game between Columbus Auto Body and Flanagan Associates at 1 p.m.

“At 12:30 we would like the members of the Special Olympics to join our players on the field for warm-up time and a special tribute to Mario and the Olympians,” said Lisa Antonecchia, Marketing Director West Haven Twilight League, “We will then all sing the National Anthem in his honor and then play ball.”

Mario John Peruzzi, a longtime friend of the West Haven Twilight League and the Special Olympics, passed away unexpectedly May 6, 2014.

Peruzzi was a coach for the Special Olympics for many years and was active with the West Haven Twilight League at all of the regular season games and special events.

“This is going to the be first annual event to honor Mario and all he has done, and we truly hope the Special Olympic Athletes and coaches from around Connecticut, as well as baseball fans of all ages will stop by to show their support,” said Vin DiLauro President, West Haven Twilight League.

WHTL accepts donations at its games, there is no ticket price, but for this special event we are asking Special Olympians to donate $1 in Mario’s name and other fans to donate $5 in Mario’s name. The concession stand will also be open for people to enjoy.

Proceeds from the event will go to the West Haven Special Olympics and to Mario’s Family.

For more information contact Antonecchia at whtlbaseball@gmail.com. Direct donations can be mailed directly to the West Haven Twilight League at PO Box 7564, New Haven CT 06519.

For information on WHTL visit whtl.org.