Beloit community raises money for hurricane relief in honor of Snappers players
BELOIT, Wis. — Even though the Caribbean is thousands of miles away, the place holds special meaning for Beloit.
Many of the players on the town’s minor league baseball team, the Beloit Snappers, are from countries in the Caribbean.
“This is their first place where they sometimes even see the United States. They come to Beloit, Wisconsin. They call it home for seven to eight months out of the year, and then they went back this year just to be devastated by everything that happened,” Trina Duffy said.
Duffy is a bartender at Patti’s Road Dawg Pub and said she gets to know the baseball players pretty well. She said she took three of them to the airport at the end of the season just days before the hurricanes hit.
“It was two weeks after I heard from one of the ones in Puerto Rico and he’s on the far west side of the island, which wasn’t even really hit that bad,” Duffy said. “Really the only thing he said is they had some structural damage. Their family’s OK.”
Duffy said she started thinking about doing a fundraiser to help support the communities where the baseball players live. She personally pledged to donate 50 percent of the tips she made in November to Patti’s Road Dawg Pub Hurricane Relief Fund.
“One of the reasons why I really wanted to try to put it together was because Beloit is very well-known for coming together for things like this,” Duffy said. “They’re a proud community.”
Patti’s Road Dawg Pub created a special pina colada drink to go along with the island theme, and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the fund, which will be donated to two charities in the Caribbean: United for Puerto Rico and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency .
“It’s really anything we can come up with is more than some of those people are going to have for a very long time,” Duffy said.
On Saturday, about 30 people participated in a themed pub crawl in Beloit to raise money for the hurricane relief fund.
“Things haven’t just turned around overnight. It just doesn’t happen that way,” said Dan Thornton, who participated in the pub crawl. “It takes a lot more effort than four days, two weeks. You have to keep doing it and keep remembering the other people are desperately in need.”
There is a silent auction set up at Patti’s Road Dawg Pub that will be open through the second week of December. People interested in donating can send money to the pub at 2956 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, specifying it’s for the hurricane relief fund.
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