Troy Pilot Club donates to Miracle League field, playground

Published 5:34 am Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Troy Pilot Club purchased a sign for the Miracle Flied Playground at the Troy Recreation Park and also purchased a memorial stone and live oak tree to be planted at the site.

Troy Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith accepted the donations of behalf of the City of Troy and expressed appreciation to the Pilot Club for its continuing support of the Troy Recreation Department and the Miracle League Playground project.

“The Troy Pilot Club has, for many years, been a great supporter of the children and youth of Troy,” Smith said. “The memorial stone and the live oak tree will long honor this wonderful organization.”

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The Troy Pilot Club has 22 members who are dedicated to community service.

Angel Tillery, Club president, said Club projects are far reaching in the community.

“The Pilot Club takes its BrainMinders program into all the schools in the county,” Tillery said. “The purpose of BrainMinders is to teach children the importance of protecting their brains. They are encourage to always play safe and play smart by wearing helmets when riding bikes or skateboards and observing all rules of the playgrounds and parks where they play.”

The Pilot Club has been a strong supporter of the Miracle League Field project through donations to the project.

The Miracle League Field provides a place for children of all abilities to be a part of a team and enjoy playing the game of baseball.

“The Troy Pilot Club sends two children to Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults) each year,” Tillery said. “The Pilot Club provides Thanksgiving dinner for two Pike County families in need each year and food and gifts for one family each Christmas. The Club also provides assistance to special needs classes in the local schools.”

The Pilot Club raises funds for its projects in a variety of ways including baked goods sales, a bake potato sale and the sale of the Club’s cookbook.

“A cookbook with a recipe by Dan Smith,” Mary Wadowick said with a bit of pride in her voice. To find out which recipe Smith entered, you have to buy the cookbook. “

The Club has a fundraiser planned for Nov. 1 that they think will attract a lot of interest and raise money for the Club’s community projects.