GoFundMe hopes to raise money for a women’s baseball activity center

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — The 1992 film “A League of Their Own” turns 30 this month, and it’s a great opportunity to get fans excited for a future project for South Rockford.

A major fundraising effort is launched to help restore a 1940s-era Silversides Rockford Peaches bus as the centerpiece of the new multimillion-dollar indoor/outdoor museum commemorating the Women’s International Baseball Center. The museum campus will be located at Beyer Stadium Park, home of the Rockford Peaches.

“We need to have an international place, an international home for women’s baseball,” IWBC president Kat Williams told 23 News.

said Williams as there was still a long way to go.

“Professional baseball has a home, it’s Cooperstown New York, where the baseball hall of fame is, the little league has a home, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where the Little League Museum and the World Series are played, women have no home. Well they didn’t, but now they do,” she said.

Part of fundraising includes a GoFundMe initiative to raise $25,000 in small donations towards the overall celebration restoration goal of $100,000.

13 sponsors have pledged more than half of the overall goal so far.

Williams unveiled official plans for the museum’s first phase, the Activity Center, on Friday at a press conference.

Mayor Tom McNamara declared Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 “A league apart for 30th Anniversary Celebration Days” in Rockford.

Six family events are scheduled over the weekend, including a ticketed Suds Bucket Bash, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at The Standard, 214 E. State St. Actress Megan Cavanagh, who played Marla” What A Hitter” Hooch in the movie and AAGPBL players will sign autographs at the 6-7 p.m. party. A limited number of $100 party tickets are available at thesudsbucketbash.eventbrite.com.

All information about the event is available on the celebration website Facebook page here.

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