DRAFFENVILLE – Five games of high school baseball are on tap Saturday at the Marshall County field in the eighth edition of the Dreammaker Classic, which has raised nearly $8,000 for seven area charities since the inception of the event in 2006.
The first recipient of proceeds was the Dream Factory of Paducah, which helps make the dreams of critically and chronically ill children, and the name has stuck with the event.
This year’s recipient is the Marshall County Exceptional Center.
Other beneficiaries have been the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, the Jake Hodge Foundation, ALS, Life House and Nate’s Wish.
The event is an opportunity for the MCHS baseball team to give back to their community by volunteering their talents on and off the field, MCHS coach Mike Johnson said. The event is worked by the Marshal players, and proceeds from the gate and concessions go to a designated charity.
“This gives our players an opportunity to provide monetary help for a charity while also allowing them to see the importance of community service,” Johnson said.
Three of this year’s teams – Ballard Memorial, Caldwell County and Graves County – have taken part in every one of the previous Dreammakers, Johnson said.
“Their dedication and support to this cause is greatly appreciated,” Johnson said. “We are very fortunate to have several coaches in the area that continue to commit to play to help our event. I think that shows that it not only is a community event but hopefully can continue to grow regionally.”
Sponsors include Pinnacle Inc. of Benton, which has contributed money to offset the cost of umpires for the games, and the MCHS Dugout Club.
The Marshall County Exceptional Center, founded in 1963 at the Marshall County School for Exceptional Children & Adults, provides special services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Action at this year’s Dreammaker begins at 9:30 a.m. with Ballard Memorial taking on Caldwell County.