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Par-Troy 'Ecstatic' for Support of World Series Team

League president estimates $30K to $50K needs to be raised to offset costs.

The is enjoying strong support from businesses and individuals throughout the township as its continues to compete in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

"We're ecstatic," said John Bucciarelli, the league's president.

Part of the good feeling stems from the fundraising effort. Bucciarelli said there is no set money goal, but he estimated a figure between "$30,000 and $50,000."

That number comes from the president's calculation that each player's family spent roughly $200 per day during the 10-day trip to Bristol, Conn., for the.

"That's about $25,000 right there," he said. "And with at least five days in Pennsylvania, well, it adds up. Right now, we've raised about $16,000."

T-shirt sales at certainly helped, he said, noting that so far at $10 each. 

"We don't have an exact figure yet from that, but we certainly are grateful for everything Modell's is doing."

Class Act Embroidery also designed special hats for the occasion, and some local enterprises, such as in Lake Hiawatha, donated proceeds from sales to PTLLE.

Meanwhile, the league is tallying contributions from other local businesses, who donated during a canvassing effort by PTLLE boosters. 

also made a donation to its crosstown compatriot.

"We wish them good luck on their quest to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport," PTWLL President Frank Neglia said. "We're all behind them. We are all proud of their accomplishments and their representation of Parsippany."

If you would like to contribute, PTLLE is accepting donations via Paypal on its website. All of the money raised will go to reimburse the parents of the World Series Mid-Atlantic champs.

A tired-sounding Bucciarelli said he got back from Williamsport at about 2:30 Sunday morning following the , Saturday night.

"At the spur of the moment, we got together 30 people to take a bus up Saturday to see the game," he said. "Aristocrat [Limousine and Bus] didn't have any large buses available, but they did have a small 30-seater that we filled in a couple of hours.

"We're so glad that worked out, because it was a great game."

The only real cloud—one far more significant than the team's loss to Texas in Game 1 Friday—was the Sunday morning death of Manager Mike Ruggiero's father-in-law from a stroke, according to NJ.com.

Tracy Ruggiero, the manager's wife, told Patch that her father fell ill Friday. She said the family attempted to get to see him, but time ran short. All prayers are appreciated, she said.

Bucciarelli said a bus—donated by Aristocat, as were the ones that and Saturday—will be heading back to Williamsport Monday. It will leave from the parking lot of at 11 a.m. Seats are already sold out, according to PTLLE Vice President of Baseball Todd Finchler.

The Parsippany boys face the Petaluma, Calif., team Monday at 4 p.m. in the Little League World Series. (Petaluma is yet another Patch town.)

The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN.com.

Par70 August 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Excellent Job Natalie. Thank you for keeping us informed. Great Job To Par Troy this is well deserved. GO PTE!!!
Todd M. Finchler August 23, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Natalie has done an outstanding job with the coverage of this story. Superlatives do not do justice to her interest in and reporting on this story.
clyde donovan August 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Martin has an extremely vaild point. In fact, I've lost my interest in the story of these kids since it has now become about money and panhandling/welfare for the families of team members. No one forced anyone to go to Williamsport. Don't put your kid on an all-star team of this sort if you can't pay the freight.
Par70 August 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Get over yourself and stuff it. This is a time to celebrate -- all contributions have been private. You don't want to contribute then don't -- really don't care as your posts seem to be the most negative on the boards. Celebrate the fact that children from our town -- accomplished something really neat.
Todd M. Finchler August 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Will repeat - league has not solicited and will not solicit public funds. All contributions derive from individuals and private companies. Every other Little League in LL World Series does same thing. Parents of players incur substantial expenses - and lose time from work (some will lose one month of income). No question it is a wonderful experience for players and their families, but there is nothing wrong with a non-profit doing a fundraiser to support their teams. High school bands do fundraisers to enable them to take trips to out-of-state competitions. This is no different. Hope everyone can just focus on the incredible accomplishment of these boys and be happy for them.

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