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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > September-December > Little League International Receives Grant from Eureka Resources to Offset Police Overtime at Little League Baseball World Series

Little League International Receives Grant from Eureka Resources to Offset Police Overtime at Little League Baseball World Series

Little League International Receives Grant from Eureka Resources to Offset Police Overtime at Little League Baseball World Series

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Little League International announced today it has received a donation from Eureka Resources, LLC, to help compensate local police agencies for overtime worked during the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series.

“We are pleased to provide support to the Little League World Series, an event that is important not only to all of us who live in the Williamsport area, but to thousands of young people who travel from all over the world to participate in the Series,” said Eureka Chief Executive Officer, Dan Ertel.  “While being a good corporate citizen should be a core value for every business, we believe it is more important than ever for American companies to do their part in supporting their communities during these challenging economic times.”

Eureka Resources, headquartered at 301 Charles Street, South Williamsport, Pa., plays an important role in addressing the needs of Marcellus Shale natural gas operators by providing an environmentally-sustainable method for handling flowback water from hydrofracturing and produced water from drilling operations.

In previous years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has provided the funding to the South Williamsport Police Department to help offset overtime hours worked by local police agencies at the World Series. This year, however, local police agencies were informed, before the World Series began, that state funding was not available. As a result, each agency was made aware that overtime hours might not be fully compensated.

Little League has also contributed each year to the fund to offset overtime costs. Over the past six years, Little League International has donated $75,000 toward this fund.

“We recognize the importance of making the Little League Baseball World Series a safe and fun event for the players, their families, and the tens of thousands of visitors who attend the games each year,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “That is why we have made significant donations every year to offset overtime costs, and it is why we have worked hard to make sure that all of the costs were covered this year. For that, we are grateful to Eureka Resources for stepping in to fill this need. It shows the company’s willingness to be a good neighbor in the community.”

Attendance at the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series was the highest in history. Official game attendance for the 31 games was more than 414,000. As always, no admission was charged, and parking at the South Williamsport Borough Park was free.

“I would also like to say a special word of thanks to Vince Matteo, President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and to Lycoming County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland,” Mr. Keener said. “They both worked diligently to help find a way to make up the shortfall, once we saw that the state funding was not forthcoming.”

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Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, third from left, receives a donation from Dan Ertel, the Chief Executive Officer of Eureka Resources, LLC. The funds provided by Eureka Resources will be used to help compensate local police agencies for overtime worked during the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series. Also pictured are, Jeff C. Wheeland, far left, Lycoming County Commissioner; Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw, second from left; Ben Landon, second from right, South Williamsport Borough Councilman and Chairman of the Borough’s Public Safety Commission; and Vince Matteo, President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.


About Eureka Resources, LLC
Headquartered in Williamsport, Pa., Eureka Resources, LLC, provides wastewater treatment solutions to the natural gas exploration and hydrofracturing industry. Visit the website at www.eureka-resources.com.

About Little League International
Headquartered in South Williamsport, Pa., Little League International provides baseball and softball programs to nearly 2.5 million boys and girls ages 4-18 in all 50 U.S. States and more than 80 other countries. Visit the website at www.LittleLeague.org.