08/29/2020 7:08 AM -
Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team’s Design A Jersey Contest raised $2,583 for Hugs For Brady.
“The Hugs for Brady Foundation is thrilled that the Somerset Patriots has joined us in supporting pediatric cancer families and cutting-edge childhood cancer research,” said Hugs For Brady Founder/Executive Director Sherrie Wells. “The Patriots' wonderful jersey design contest brought a new level of community awareness and caring for our kids with cancer. And the winning design was phenomenal. We were awed that the artist, Steve, used one of our favorite pictures of Brady as a basis for the design. Thanks to the Somerset Patriots for a deep-rooted partnership and for always remembering kids with cancer during difficult times. We can't wait to see these jerseys worn with pride!”
Through an online DASH Auction that ran from August 16th to August 23rd, fans were able to bid on a jersey designed by Kenilworth’s Steven Wojtowicz with all proceeds benefiting Hugs For Brady and the fight against pediatric cancer.
Somerset Patriots Vice President of Ticketing Matt Kopas, a longtime supporter of Hugs For Brady, presented Wells the ceremonial check on the field at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, August 26th.
Kopas and Wells also presented Wojtowicz with a jersey as the winner of the contest. His design was inspired by a photo of Brady posted on the Hugs For Brady website sitting in an argyle sweater vest. The font choice was made as a nod to the other children battling against cancer and having the last names all be HUGS is a symbol of one name for one cause.
Somerset Patriots pitching coach/ director of baseball operations Jon Hunton’s jersey was the top seller at $500. Fan favorite Nate Roe’s jersey had the most bids with 16, with his jersey ultimately going for $350.
Hugs For Brady is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers. Sherrie and Michael Wells started the foundation in 2009, shortly after their 13-month old son Brady was diagnosed with Non-Differentiated Acute Leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. In 2010, Brady passed away at 23 months old, after he had bravely battled the disease for ten months. Since that time, Hugs For Brady has raised over $2,000,000 to help kids with cancer.
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