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Guests at the Miracle League of Arkansas' Double Header on Oct. 14 were able to try their luck batting against major league pitchers at Catholic High School. The event was a fundraiser for Miracle League, which enables children who have physical challenges to play baseball, aided by volunteer buddies.

The evening began with a barbecue dinner, drinks and perusing silent auction items in the high school's fieldhouse. There was also music by Tragikly White and a live auction, which included a dinner cruise for eight aboard a 42-foot yacht, a Cuban Cigars and Cocktail Party at 1836 Club, a painting created at the event by Nicole Stewart and Miracle League player Ashton.

Anthony Galzerano, a Miracle League player, received the Chris Anderson Courage Award. Executive director Peggy McCall noted that a surgery had allowed Galzerano, who relies on a wheelchair, to stand. In the 2016 fall season, Galzerano went from holding on to a coach to walking the bases without any assistance. He is now working on his swing. Sydney Strecker was presented with the Chris Anderson "High Five" Scholarship for volunteer work with the league.

Rounding out the evening was the Home Run Derby, where partygoers could take a chance at bat against a pro or former pro baseball player. Pitchers were Cliff Lee, Barrett Astin and Dustin Moseley.

Gallery: Miracle League of Arkansas’ Double Hitter

-- Story and photos by Cary Jenkins

High Profile on 10/22/2017

Print Headline: Miracle League fundraiser, awards ceremony a big hit

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