Fundraisers help keep youth baseball/softball going

The New Milford Youth Baseball/Softball is a huge program serving nearly 800 youths.

To support the program, several fundraisers are held throughout the year to keep the league up and running.

An annual comedy night draws approximately 450 patrons and raises about $17,000.

This year, comedians Johnny Lampert, Andy Pitz and Sherry Davey will take center stage Saturday, March 8, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Sports Arena along Still River Drive.

Offerings will include a buffet dinner, raffles, a silent auction and live music.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP seating.

Tickets may be purchased at

In addition, registration fees, a percentage of picture day sales, snack bar sales, spring clinic fees and sponsorships for teams, dugouts and banner on fences raise funds for the league.

A good portion of the organization's expenses are related to fields and their maintenance.

Games are played on the fields owned by New Milford Farms along Boardman Road.

The organization takes out a one-year lease on the fields and then oversees their maintenance, which includes mowing, prepping, lining and other tasks.

"It's a huge expense to keep the fields in shape," said Carl Profita, president of youth baseball/softball. "It's probably close to $40,000 for maintenance of the fields, plus $25,000 for umpires."

When the season opens in just more than a month, there will be a new field, Little A, located in the former grassy parking area next to Field A.

Parking will now all be in the lot across the street, Profita said.