March 02, 2011 Edition

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Cavenaugh, Chevy aid WR program

Donald Cavenaugh (right) and Neal Carpenter (left), both of Cavenaugh Auto Group, show Keith Brand a T-shirt and some of the equipment being donated by Cavenaugh's Chevrolet dealership to the Walnut Ridge Little League program. Brand, along with Merle Mitchell, coordinates the little league program.
Cavenaugh Auto World, through its Chevrolet dealership, has announced plans to support the Walnut Ridge community through a partnership with the Walnut Ridge Little League program.

The dealership will aid the program in multiple ways, such as providing baseball equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 in funds through a Chevy vehicle giveaway-fund-raiser.

The effort by Cavenaugh is part of the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative being launched across the nation from March through July 2011.

"Baseball is a great American pastime, and Chevrolet is proud to have a long-lasting history with this tradition on a national level, said Donald Cavenaugh, owner of Cavenaugh Auto Group. "Cavenaugh Chevrolet is bringing that level of commitment for youth baseball to the Walnut Ridge community, where our customers and their families live. Our youth baseball program in Walnut Ridge is truly cherished, and we are happy and excited to support the kids in a significant way."

Keith Brand, one of the coordinators for the Little League program for the Walnut Ridge Parks and Recreation Committee, said the committee is grateful to Cavenaugh for this support. "It will help our whole program tremendously, the baseball and softball programs and the park in general."

Cavenaugh will present the Walnut Ridge Little League with equipment kits complete with 10 equipment bags, 10 baseball buckets, two dugout managers and Chevy Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship includes clinics with experienced instructors from former MLB/MiLB players and coaches.

Clinics will take place June 18 and 19 at the AutoZone Park in Memphis for those who are participating in Walnut Ridge's Little League program. Coaches and players of the Memphis Redbirds will be present and will be conducting the clinics. "We at Cavenaugh Chevrolet are very excited for the opportunity that this will give these young players to learn from professional coaches and athletes," Cavenaugh added.

In addition, the league also will have an opportunity to raise additional funds for their use as part of a Chevy youth baseball fund-raiser. Sponsored leagues across the country will each receive 2,000 fund-raiser entry tickets to distribute for a donation, and the league will keep 100 percent of proceeds raised, a potential of $10,000.

At the end of the fund-raiser, there will be five winners of a Chevy Equinox or Chevy Cruze vehicle of choice (up to $30,000 in value), and in each participating market there will be a secondary prize of a home entertainment center valued at $1,000.

Chevrolet is recognized on the national level as the "Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball."

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