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Coach Dummar Battles On; Fundraiser Tomorrow

Branford High School Baseball Coach needs the community support as he and his family face a tough road ahead.

In almost one decade of coaching, Baseball’s has seen nearly 30 players go off to play ball in college – seven of which went to division one schools. He can even proudly boast that are D1 college players. Most recently, , a 2007 graduate of BHS who played under Dummar’s guidance for four years, was moved up from to the majors for the Texas Rangers. But while Dummar has given so much to so many, he now needs the community to give back. The first of several fundraisers is the  bowling event to be held at AMF Circle Lanes: 525 Main St., East Haven at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 4.

According Director Alex Palluzzi who is heading the newly formed Go to Bat For Coach Dummar charity, Dummar was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. He is currently being treated and has already undergone at least one surgery.

“We planned this event and future event (s) to help off set the loss of income for the family due to George not being able to work for a long period of time,” said Palluzzi. Dummar’s wife Patty Dummar could be out of work at times to care for George, stated Palluzzi, noting that any funds raised will help them as they face the difficult road ahead. At this time the family has not disclosed the type of illness Dummar is battling but there are expected unforeseen medical expenses that can and most likely will pile on, stated Palluzzi.

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Already more than 90 sponsors have signed-up for the Knock – Em Down for George bowling event and more than $10,000 has been raised for the family. Next, Go to Bat For Coach Dummar will be hosting the at the on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 (adults) and $15 (kids under 13) and the cookout features all you can eat. A raffle ($2 per ticket) will be drawn for autographed sports memorabilia including Derek Jeter and Eli Manning jerseys. for more info on purchasing raffle tickets the day of or in advance if you can’t attend.

A baseball coach for many years, Palluzzi said Dummar is “is one of most respected in the state.”

“He owns a 138-75 over-all record and is 22-10 in the post-season; one of the highest winning percentages in the past decade. His team has won eight Division Championships and two State Championships in 2006 and 2009. His teams have been consistently in the Top 10 New Haven Register Poll, reaching as high as No. 2 in 2011,” boasted Palluzzi.

“He is a big gentle bear,” Palluzzi said of his friend, “that gains the respect of his players and parents and colleagues. He is always looking for the best for all our kids!”

Palluzzi said he and Dummar go back to the days when their sons Nick Dummar and Dylan Palluzzi played little league together. “We have seen our kids grow up in school and athletics over the past decade and have a shared love of sports and music.” They are huge Bruce Springsteen fans, shared Palluzzi, who added that they have plans to attend a concert at Met Life Stadium in September to see Springsteen perform his new album The Wrecking Ball. 

To donate or for more info:

The Go to Bat for Coach Dummar Team

P.O. Box 592

Branford, CT 06405

Email: gotobatforcoachdummar@yahoo.com

Patch will be at the Knock – Em Down for George bowling event this weekend so be sure to say hello.

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