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Neil H
26th Avenue and Second Street, Astoria, NY
(Astoria, Queens, NY)
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the project

We need your help to write a new chapter for this multi-purpose field in Astoria, Queens. In addition to preserving this historic ballfield, our work aims to increase the use of this recreational field for neighbors and residents.

Background: Friends of Whitey Ford Field started in January 2017 and we steward one the oldest ball fields in Queens. We are primarily an advocacy group dedicated to promoting the field on the local, national and international stage.

Our first year has been exciting and we've celebrated many successes, including:

  • Hosted the largest clean up in the park's history, with over 30 volunteers participating!
  • Won $6k in Partnerships for Parks grants 
  • Were featured in both local and international press

But we've still got a long way to go. Our next and most important needs are to secure and improve the conditions of this historic field:

  • Maintenance equipment: We need tarps, shovels, paint, and other general greening equipment.
  • Shade: We need a tent canopy for protection from the sun for volunteers.

Now What? You can help and be a part of this new chapter for this field and our community! It's easy as 1-2-3!

1. Make a donation to this project. Every dollar counts. 

2. Volunteer! Our primary project is known as Ford Family Days, where Whitey Ford's family in conjunction with other local sports groups and community leaders will hold a field event dedicated to introducing our group and fundraising for other long-term projects.

3. Your donation will be doubled through a $1,000 matching grant challenge sponsored by Partnerships for Parks.

the steps

Set up a shaded area so volunteers and Ford's family can sit in comfort in between on field events.

Smooth out parts of the field and dugout to make it safe for visitors and participants.

As we expect to be in the local press and field calls and questions from reporters, we need mobile technology such as a basic smart phone.

why we're doing it

Our project is a first step in turning our group into the most widely known friend's group in Queens with a national and international reputation. Our supporters come as far away as Barcelona, Spain, and many cities in the UK.

"Let's Win One for Whitey Ford Field"!  Our field is in the "cradle of Astoria," where many of the first settlers landed in Long Island at Hallets Penninsula in the Seventeenth Century. We are promoting a field that goes back to 1906 and where once stood Fort Stevens and a lighthouse that guided ships down the East River, known as the Hell Gate. To that end, we are also promoting the history of the peninsula. 

What is special about our field and group is that we are named after Whitey Ford, 6 Times World Champion and Hall of Fame inductee in 1974. By supporting our group, you will help write a new chapter in the field's history and possibly that of a recreational field in Queens and NYC.


Disbursed budget (3.5.18): 

We plan to spend the funds as originally noted. 

Tents/canopy Chairs, and picnic tables $110-$150

Tarps, $60-$100

Business Cards $10

Tracfone and top up cards, $80-$100

Shovels $20-$50 

Community Engagement and Events Supplies (bottled water, food, children's toys, custom designed t-shirts & pens $500

Additional funds will go towards the following:
1) ONA our financial sponsor has asked for a management commission of $12% for this year, but will return any unspent management fees by end of year -approx $336
2) We are planning on becoming a formal nonprofit with a bank account involving incorporation - not sure of exact cost but range could be $100-$300
3) We will buy more tech equipment and possibly editing software, $500-$1000
4) We are looking into a field job box. This can cost up to $1k and needs
to meet Park requirements
5) Event fees
6) Everything else could include more t-shirts, hats, etc

RAISED = $3,020.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $86.94

Original budget:

Tents/canopy Chairs, and picnic tables $110-$150

Tarps, $60-$100

Business Cards $10

Tracfone and top up cards, $80-$100

Shovels $20-$50 

Community Engagement and Events Supplies (bottled water, food, children's toys, custom designed t-shirts & pens $500

SUBTOTAL = 1,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $50
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $30



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