Strikeouts for Charity

By Cory Smith -

PILOT MOUNTAIN —Each pitch thrown by East Surry’s baseball team this season had a little more meaning.

The Cardinals’ baseball team partnered with Alliance Insurance this season to raise money for the United Fund of Surry. Alliance pledged to donate $5 for every strikeout that Cardinal pitchers earned this season.

East Surry’s experienced pitching staff proved to be quite the charitable bunch this season. The Cards finished the 2019 season with 287 strikeouts in 26 games for an average of 11.04 K’s per game.

Alliance Insurance Founder Christopher Cook followed through on his promise by presenting a check for $1,435 to Merry Craig Boaz of the United Fund of Surry. Six Cardinal players joined Cook in presenting the check: Dillon Mosley, Eli Bullington, AJ Wilson, Colby Guy, Jefferson Boaz, and Seth Keener.

The United Fund of Surry has served the community for 60 years by providing services through a number of member agencies. From the UFOS website: “The United Fund’s mission is to unite our community around the shared goal of supporting these agencies and the important work that they do.”

The UFOS agencies are as follows: American Red Cross, Ararat Rescue Squad, Armfield Civic Center: Camp Pilot Mountain, Blue House Teaching Studio, Blue Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, Boy Scouts: Old Hickory Council, Children’s Center of Northwest North Carolina, Dobson Rescue Squad, Girl Scouts: Peaks to Piedmont Council, Meals on Wheels, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, Reeves Community Center Foundation, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), The Salvation Army, The Shepherd’s House, Surry Arts Council: Special Needs Program, Surry Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Surry Friends of Youth, Surry Homeless and Affordable Housing Coalition, The Parenting PATH (Positive Actions Thriving Homes), Surry Medical Ministries, Surry Senior Centers, Webb Southern Caroll Community Club, and Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry.