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No April Showers Today

Photo by Joe McNallyIt’s the Red Sox Home Opener, and it is a beautiful sunny spring day.  And helping our kids is on my mind! 

You can help too with a tax deductible donation to the Mark Fidrych Foundation.

With virtually no overhead expenses, each dollar donated goes right to the kids programs using it!!   $50 helps sponsor an athlete for a sport and defers the cost to their family.  Let's see how many athletes we can impact this year!  

Please click on this link and donate whatever you can.  Your support truly makes a difference!


Go Sox!




Spring is in the air!

Busy preparing for the tournamentIt’s March 7 and as I look out the kitchen window, I see snow on the ground with a thermometer of 39 degrees.  While we’re still in winter’s grasp, softball is on my mind and certainly the work of the Mark Fidrych Foundation. Phil Collins' lyrics say it all "...Not the snow, not the rain can change my mind.  The sun will come out, wait and see..."

We had a great 2014 and were able to distribute over $48,000 in grants something we are very proud of given the difficult economic climate we’re all in.

2015 promises to be even better.  And I need to get going on the plans for this year.

There are logistical details like arranging for the field, permits, etc. for our annual softball tournament.  The date is set for August 22, 2015.

There are also sponsors to contact and teams to recruit. 

We’re planning on another sports night at Chet’s Diner.  The silent auction was a huge success so expect that to be back again this year.

Since starting the foundation five years ago, I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity and support of my friends, family, and community.  I am meeting many unsung heros who volunteer their time and energy without reservation.  Each of these heros touches my heart and I know Mark is touched as well.

Please check back to our website for updates throughout the year.



3rd Annual Sports Raffle Night a "Hit!"

David Cooley with a little fanWhat a night! We are grateful to the awesome crowd that gathered at Chet’s Diner for the 3rd Annual Sports Raffle Night on Sunday, August 11. It was great to see everyone and know that you join us in supporting the mission of The Mark Fidrych Foundation.

We have some love to share, so join us in thanking these good folks:

  • Craig and our friends at Consolidated Beverage for sponsoring the 3rd Annual Sports Raffle Night.
  • Jess, who was on top of her game behind the bar, and Selene for the backup! 
  • Joey for pulling raffle tickets and door prizes. He’s the man!
  • Carly for the cupcakes. They were to die for!
  • Bob for the great meatballs and sausages.
  • Dave and our friends at Texas BBQ for the yummy wings.
  • Michele for her work selling raffle tickets and t-shirts. Honestly, she’s the saleswoman of the year. The pizza was good, too, Michele!
  • Kristina for her tremendous clean up work.
  • Dave and our friends at Cyprian Keyes for donating Par-3 coupons.

For those of you who were with us, you know the crowd roared about our door prizes and early raffle drawings. A big, “Congratulations!” to our early drawing winners:

  • Dana and Kevin who won pre-season tickets to see the Patriots next weekend. Thanks, Gary, for donating.
  • Arthur and Selene who won tickets to the Red Sox game against Detroit. Thanks, Keith, for donating.
  • Bob, who is looking good in the “Make Your Mark” golf shirt!
  • Brian, who won some nice grill equipment.

So now it is time for you to phone a friend and make plans to join us at the “Make Your Mark” Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 24 at Casey and Memorial Fields in Northborough. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. In addition to watching twelve area teams (including the return of the Special Olympics team!) in fun-filled softball play, the community is invited to enjoy festival events such as face painting, balloon creations, food and entertainment. Event T-shirts are on sale now.

Thank you, everyone, for your support. See you August 24!


Ann and Jessica Fidrych Featured on Fox 25 Boston

It was a fun day for everyone in Northborough on Friday morning, August 9, in spite of the rain. The Fox 25 Morning News show in Boston set up in the public park on Route 135 for a live broadcast, and both Ann and Jessica Fidrych were featured in the broadcast. It was an opportunity to plug both Chet’s Diner and the 3rd Annual “Make Your Mark” Softball Tournament.

“Chet’s is Northborough,” said popular morning host Doug “VB” Goudie. “You can’t have one without the other.”

With that, Jessica served up some hash and eggs, and the cameras scanned a table full of diner goodies – including some supersized chocolate chip pancakes. She explained that Chet’s Diner, a double long Worcester Lunch Car, was established in 1931 and taken over by her family in 1960.

After gushing over the hash, VB turned his attention to Ann and asked about her work with the Mark Fidrych Foundation. “We’re doing a Make Your Mark Softball Tournament,” she explained. “We have 12 teams. We’re raising money to continue Mark’s legacy.”

Ann introduced VB to a couple of boys who will be playing in the August 24 event. VB shared some high fives and thanked both Ann and Jessica for coming on the show.

The Make Your Mark Softball Tournament takes place on Saturday, August 24, at the Casey and Memorial Fields in Northborough. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. The day includes fun-filled games, food and entertainment.

The Mark Fidrych Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. Last year, the event raised more than $46,000, thanks to the support and participation of the community. Proceeds benefit non-profits that give children with physical, mental and emotional challenges the chance to play sports.

Take a peek at our earlier blog post for more information, and follow The Mark Fidrych Foundation on Facebook and on Twitter @MFidrychFndn. 


Make Your Mark on August 24! 3rd Annual Softball Tournament Takes Place in Northborough

Play ball! Teams are forming now for the 3rd Annual Make Your Mark Softball Tournament, sponsored by nonprofit The Mark Fidrych Foundation.

The tournament – the foundation’s biggest event – is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, at Memorial and Casey Fields in Northborough. It will be a fun-filled day, with activities like face painting and balloon-making for the kids and appearances by Boston sports celebrities to thrill the kid in all of us.

You can sign up to play in the softball tournament now at Chet’s Diner on Route 20 in Northborough. On the day of the event, registration begins at 9 a.m. Festivities get underway at with a 10 a.m. Opening Ceremony, followed by a noon raffle of a wide assortment of donated items, such as signed sports memorabilia, Red Sox tickets, and golf packages. 

The foundation is named for one of Northborough’s best known and most loved residents, the late Mark Fidrych. Back in 1976, when he was named Rookie of the Year after his first year pitching with the Detroit Tigers, Fidrych singlehandedly made that entire city smile, and soon the rest of the country was taking notice, too. His signature mop of blond curls earned him the nickname “The Bird,’’ for his resemblance to Big Big. He was thrilled to play in the big leagues, and his enthusiasm rubbed off on fans. A combination of this disarming charm and quirky habits like talking to the ball landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines. His career was cut short by an injury and he returned home to Northborough, but he continued his charitable work until, sadly, he died in a 2009 accident.

The Mark Fidrych Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductible. Last year, the Make Your Mark Softball Tournament raised more than $46,000, thanks to the support and participation of the community. Proceeds benefit nonprofits that give children with physical, mental and emotional challenges the chance to play sports. This spring, the foundation subsidized registration fees for children playing in area Little League Challenger Divisions and sponsored an adaptive skiing trip to Loon Mountain for autistic children.

Learn more about The Mark Fidrych Foundation by visiting Donations may be made online or by contacting Mark Philbin at 978-833-7198. Follow the foundation on Twitter @MFidrychFndn and on Facebook. Thank you for your support! 

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