Nov 30, 2019

The Pitch Fall 2019 Update

We have had a great fall season with a lot of kids using the facilities at the batting cage

 I am pleased to announce that the local league that we are able to work with the most ,won the Dominican Little League Championship at the end of the last quarter. We are extremely happy  with that result, and are pleased that we were able to help the kids with their training and provide plenty of pitches and additional time in the batters box as they prepared for their winning series.    Fall in The Dominican Republic brings the start of the new season, while American baseball is in the off season the Dominican leagues are just getting started and practice is in full swing for the 2020 season The kids are putting in as much time in the cage / batting practice as possible and we are hopeful for another successful season.    We have also had the pleasure of working with several kids/young adults that are taking their game to the next level by  attending university " One of our young playes has received a full ride scholorship {athletic}  in the United States and we said goodbye and good luck to him this past quarter as he prepares for his new life in the United States 

We have been working hard on our League/to Liga adoption program where Little League organizations in the United States and Canada can Adopt or Sponsor a Little Liga organization within the Dominican Republic. Our direct contacts  assist with the logistics and then distribute the equipment to a Dominican league in need.  With our direct intervention we are able to confirm that the equipment is distributed directly to the children that need it  and we are able to avoid the equipment being resold on the street for profit.  The next shipment contains about 50 bats, helmets, shoes, and gloves that we hope to be able to distribute during the 2019 Christmas season to help a few of the kids. Customs currently has this shipment on hold while we gather the funds requested to relaese the shipment. The shipment was not supposed to be taxed or even delivered to Santo Domingo but that is just how the system works and we are hoping for a positive outcome.    If your interested in participating in this program please use the contact us within the Global Giving site and we will return the email or you gan email us direct at  ThePitchSosua@gmail.com 

Our equipment donations are up this year but our cash donations, the life sustaining element of or organization has severly diminished.  Lower tourism numbers due to several factors has decreased our visability as well as recent changes taking place here in the local community of Sosua.  These changes are an attempt to make Sosua and the surrounding area more "Family Friendly"  While we are all supportive of this new look and feel for the community, It has put yet another major strain on the local economy with higher unemployment and a lack of available resources for our families & friends to work with.   Our cash donations year to date are down 85%  as compared to last year during the same time period.  The lack of cash donations has severly slowed down our growth and has prohibited needed facilities maintenance and has prohibited us from putting together our mobile unit so that we can take The Pitch Batting cages out into the community to assist the majority kids that do not have access to our stationary facility 

We have recently updated the donation portal to include a couple of really easy monthly single donation options as well as our recurring options which will let us actually plan for our future by allowing some donations to repeat monthly.   

Nov 14, 2019

Evian III Student Conference Q4 Update

Emceeing July 2018 80th Anniversary Event
Emceeing July 2018 80th Anniversary Event

Dear Friends and Évian III Conference Supporters,

Regrettably, this Q4 project report comes with disappointing news that insufficient event funding mandated my canceling last weekend’s Évian III Student Educational Leadership Conference at the Hotel Royal.

After conducting 3 successful program events in Evian and Geneva Switzerland in 2018; the 80th Anniversary  Commemoration of the original 1938 Conference, United Nations press conference in Geneva, and the November 9th Kristallnacht Historic Plaque Dedication Ceremony, reaching this decision was a very difficult one. 

Holding out until the last possible moment, my team and I made a strong appeal/push, particularly in the past 3 weeks yet, in the final analysis, the shortfall of required sponsorships was simply too significant to overcome.

Despite this temporary setback and the many months of 2019 comprehensive Évian III planning, including all the outstanding individuals and organizations I had the privilege of meeting and working with, this was far from a wasted exercise! 

Remaining optimistic and focusing on the positive, my plan is to reschedule the Évian III Conference or “EC Vision 20/20” for July 11-14 of 2020. 

Recounting the many positive developments from our work this year: 

  • Securing Elan Carr, US State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting AntiSemitism and top US diplomat as our headline keynote speaker 
  • Established dedicated educational curriculum development partnerships with: Facing History And Ourselves Brookline, MA, Reimagining Migration Boston MA and Yahad in UNUM Yahad-in-UNUM Paris France
  • Committed participation of 30 dynamic international college student leaders, hailing from 5 continents and 25 countries, representing 18 diverse Human Rights and Jewish student organizations including 6 from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations 
  • 35 reservations were made for the November 10th Opening Night Ceremony by influential religious, business, civic and governmental dignitaries from Paris, Évian, and Geneva 

Words cannot adequately describe the incredible encouragement and inspiration I received from the many Skype conversations I engaged with in with these highly intelligent and aware international college students. Convincing them of the virtues of the objectives of this Évian III event and garnering their participation was easy to do, as they truly “got it“! 

Here’s a sampling of some of their wonderfully supportive comments: 

  • “This Conference is essential in the context of today’s events” 
  •  “A super program and I found it incredible that such important speakers were aware and supportive of this Conference”
  •  “Most unique historic and programmatic angle on the Holocaust I’ve ever seen” 
  •  “This conference is a great and much-needed initiative especially in current times” 
  •  “I hope you will continue your meaningful work and that the conference can be realized again
  • in 2020”
  •  “Heartbreaking that you had to cancel especially after all the effort you put into it”
  •  “Their memory is now our responsibility” (my personal favorite from the Russian student representative) 

Even in the face of this past weekend’s disappointing event cancellation it is due to these insightful conversations with college students which bring me great hope for the future. The overwhelmingly positive reception from many leading international organizations also reminded me why I am so strongly committed to this cause. 

This is why I am more driven than ever to see a summer 2020 rescheduled event take place. 

Further speaking to the urgent relevancy of convening this Conference and the tremendous amount of work yet to do are the many troubling news reports pointing to the growing rise of anti-Semitic incidents and associated hate crimes around the world. 

Here are links to some of these troubling 2019 Reports:

ADL 2019 Report 

NBC / USNews Report

USA Today White Supremacist Report

Speaking to the high merits of attention and international support this initiative has created, here are 3 of the pre-recorded videos which were scheduled to be played this past weekend at the Opening Night Ceremony: 

Katharina Von Schnurbein European Commission 

Jamie McCourt US Ambassador to France

Robin Bernstein US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic 

Using the historic backdrop of the original 1938 Évian Conference at the Hotel Royal and attended by bright young energetic students, “EC Vision 20/20” will bring “history to the present and history into action” with a critical focus on addressing the continuing contemporary challenges of immigration, refugees, and global anti-Semitism which still resonate today. 

The good news is that all of the keynote speakers, distinguished educators, and students have already agreed to participate in the summer rescheduled dates of this Conference. All we need is the funding as the entire program event and template for a strongly impactful event has already been conceived, in place, and ready to go! 

Please help me make a real difference to Educate the Next Generation of World Leaders by sponsoring one of the international students and supporting the continuation of this important “Revisiting Évian” educational initiative. 

If you are no longer in a financial position to make a contribution yourself, yet still support this project, I ask you to please refer this to other individuals or social activist organizations within your personal and professional networks who are in a position to do so. Your financial support or direct referral of this project in any $ dollar amount helps tremendously. 

View photos and video lectures from last year’s 2018 event: Revisiting Évian 2018 Photos & Videos

To learn more or become actively involved in this project please don’t hesitate to call my mobile phone and leave a brief message if I don’t pick up or email me directly. 

Thank you & Sincerely,

 

Elihu Baver

Director of Évian III Student Educational Leadership Conference 

Board Chairman of Sosua75.org

603-502-7711

elihu@sosua75.org

SKYPE ID: hugh.baver

  

Presented Evian Gold Key to the City by Mayor
Presented Evian Gold Key to the City by Mayor
Hotel Royal Guest Welcome Ceremony on Veranda
Hotel Royal Guest Welcome Ceremony on Veranda
Distinguished July 2018 Revisiting Evian Attendees
Distinguished July 2018 Revisiting Evian Attendees

Links:

Aug 27, 2019

Summer 2019 Project Report

Happy Kids with new Shoes
Happy Kids with new Shoes

The Pitch/ Maquina de Bateo Sosua Dominican Republic

We have had a great summer season with plenty of kids using the facilities at the batting cage

Currently we are providing about 600 free sessions to the kids each month. I am also pleased to announce that the local league that we are able to work with the most has won the Dominican Little Championship. This has never happened for this area before so we are very pleased with this years result, We can not accept all of the credit because it is after all the kids and the league who trains and works on their skills daily but we believe that having access to the batting cage for daily batting practice with consistant pitching in the zone has remarkedly improved their game  Having decent shoes and gloves donated by The Pitch helps as well. 

Since April 2019 we have given away about 40 pairs of athletic shoes, mostly baseball cleats and about 30 leather baseball gloves, as well as assorted other equipment articles. We are pleased to say that we have made significant progress in our equipment collection progress and have a major donation of equipment processing thru customs and immigration control in Santo Domingo. We are working hard to establish a league/to Liga addoption program where Little League organizations in the United States and Canada can Addopt or Sponsor a Little Liga organization within the Dominican Republic. Our direct contacts will assist with the logistics and then distribute the equipment to a Liga in need.  With out direct intervention we can assure that the equipment is distributed directly to the children in need, and we are able to avoid the equipment being resold on the street for profit.  This current shipment contains about 40 Bats, Helmets, Shoes, Gloves.  If your interested in participating in this program please use the contact us within the Global Giving site and we will return the email or you gan email us direct at  ThePitchSosua@gmail.com 

Our equipment donations are up this year but our cash donations, the life sustaining element of or organization has severly diminished. The Dominican Republic has received a lot of negative press this year due to some incidents at mostly All Inclusive resorts and this has trickled down into our program donations. Lower tourism numbers decrease our visability and the kids suffer the most. Our Cash donations year to date are down 85%  as compared to last year during the same time period.  The lack of cash donations has severly slowed down our growth and has prohibited us from putting together or mobile unit so that we can take The Pitch Batting cages out into the community to assist the majority kids that do not have access to our stationary facility 

We have recently updated the donation portal to include a couple of really easy monthly single donation options as well as our recurring options which will let us actually plan for our future by allowing some donations to repeat monthly.   

Equipment Donations
Equipment Donations
Direct to the kids Donations
Direct to the kids Donations
Bats for the practice
Bats for the practice
 
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