This coming Saturday, August 18 2012, will be the 64th Annual East Hampton Artists and Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park in East Hampton. The star studded game will feature some very famous and talented East Enders who will wage a friendly battle to see who gains supremacy between the teams of artists and writers.
Deb Sanzo McEneany is the spark plug who has helped organize this gallant fund raiser game for the last seven years. Her love of the game and what it represents is very evident in her enthusiasm in putting this together. She does not play but her husband Kevin McEneany does for the writers team. Deb says "I'd have to say my biggest thrill each year is announcing the amount raised at our MVP ceremony after the game". Biggest disappointment? "If we spell someone's name wrong on their shirt!" Oops!
Among those who will be participating for the artists includes Christie Brinkley, Lori Singer, John Slattery, WEHM's Anthony, Mercedes Ruehl, Mark Feuerstein, Josh Charles, Gregg Bello, and Bob Balaban among many others. On the writers side is Mike Lupica, Ken Auletta, Jimmy Leyritz, Rod Gilbert, Mark Green, George Stephanopoulos, Ann Liquori,
Carl Bernstein, Tom Clavin and numerous others. Announcing the game will be Juliet Papa, Ali Wentworth and the incomparable James Lipton. The National Anthem will be performed by singers from dozens of Houses of Worship on the East End. Nancy Atlas will sing during the 7th inning stretch.
The charities that will benefit from the game includes The East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix Houses of Long Island, East End Hospice and The Retreat
A suggested donation of $10 will benefit all four charities.
Deb expects an estimated crowd of 1200 so it's a good idea to get there early. Batting practice starts at 12 Noon and the game commences at 2:00PM. There will be lots of refreshments and food for sale with dozens of games and raffles for the kids.
And if it rains? "I will cry and we will play on August 25" Deb says with a big smile on her face.
They say that sometimes the only thing fair in life is a ball hit between 1st and 3rd.
Lets see how fair life is this weekend in East Hampton!