Playball for Miracles Raises $10,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals local beneficiary, Children’s Specialized Hospital

May 16, 2016

The twelfth Annual Playball for Miracles Charity Softball Tournament was held at Warinanco Park in Roselle, NJ on April 30, 2016.  With 21 teams and multiple sponsors the event raised $10,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals local beneficiary, Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Playball for Miracles was created in 2005, when founder and chief coordinator Erin Kelly-McGuinness decided to raise funds for the organization after a family friend, Patrick Macnab, was diagnosed with a rare bleeding disorder.   Erin started the tournament to raise awareness for Patrick’s disease and all other illnesses inflicting children.

“Playball for Miracles has been making miracles happen for over 11 years,” said Kelly-McGuinness.  “The best part is watching Patrick grow up and come to understand that he is the reason why we have done this and how great an impact it has had.  Patrick ‘thinks’ he is famous...and to us he is.”

Much like Patrick, the organization has grown tremendously.  In 2005, six local adult, men’s softball teams gathered to play in the 1st softball tournament.  In the years since, the tournament has more than tripled in size, and PBFM has added a Super Cash Raffle and Miracle Night to its yearly events.  Over the course of 12 years Playball for Miracles has raised $120,000 to support the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals beneficiary, Children's Specialized Hospital, with the help of generous sponsors for this year’s event including: Elizabeth NJ Firemen’s Federal Credit Union as the title sponsor; American Softball Association; NJFMBA (?); Elizabeth NJ FMBA Local 9; Wakefern and Costco.  Special thank you to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. 

“Thank you to Erin for her continued commitment to organize and run this very successful fundraising event,” said Nicole Fulmino, director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “In 2015, the hospital served over 29,000 children and we are grateful to everyone who supported PBFM.  The impact of your generosity will help thousands of children with complex medical needs reach their fullest potential.” 

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital