RADNOR— During the month of October, the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum will present a special exhibit in the Mickey Vernon/Danny Murtaugh Gallery on Mike Scioscia’s Treasured Keepsake.
Springfield High School graduate Mike Scioscia is the former All-Star catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and former manager of the 2002 World Champion Los Angeles Angels. Instead of choosing one of his World Series rings from his 13 seasons with the Dodgers or his World Series trophy from his stint at the helm of the Angels, he selected the heartfelt baseball glove to exhibit at the local museum.
The baseball glove belonged to Mike’s brother Rick, who graduated from St. James High School in Chester in 1962.
“He passed it down to me,” Mike explained. “I have great memories of having a catch with him in our backyard in Morton.in the early 1960s. It’s one of my favorite baseball things.”
“Mike’s Wilson Ball Hawk glove has seen better days,” said Jim Vankoski, curator of the Sports Legends Museum of Delaware County, “but it serves as a tangible reminder of his Delaware County childhood. Likewise, it illustrates why Mike is one of Delco’s most beloved sports legends.”
The museum located at 30 Iven Ave., Radnor, is opened 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment 11a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Mask is required.
Contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or email [email protected] for more information.
Donors invited to register for Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive
The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Haverford Township CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford. The blood drive will be working to save lives while following strict protocols to ensure the safety of all donors during the pandemic. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at www.chablooddrive.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (mention sponsor code “CHAMemorial”).
For every unit of blood collected, the Axelrod family will make a donation to the Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network. If the blood drive collection surpasses 150 units, this donation will be doubled. For more information about the blood drive, visit www.chablooddrive.org.
Archdiocese celebrates anniversary of St. Katharine Drexel canonization
Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the canonization of St. Katharine Drexel, a native Philadelphian and the second American-born citizen to be canonized by the Catholic Church. The solemn Mass will be held at the Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Rev. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
All are welcome to present intentions and petitions at the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, to be placed at the Tomb of St. Katharine. Prayer intentions may also be submitted online using the at https://www.saintkatharinedrexelshrine.com/prayers-intentions.
Those unable to attend the solemn Mass in person can participate via livestream links at https://vimeo.com/event/17522 or https://www.facebook.com/ArchbishopPerez/ or through Facebook at
St. Katharine Drexel was canonized on Oct. 1, 2000. She is the second American-born person ever to be canonized. Born into tremendous wealth as part of the Drexel family, she gave up her life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891. She dedicated her life to serve the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and inspired so many women, who joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to follow her example. For more information about her canonization, visit https://www.saintkatharinedrexelshrine.com/canonization.
Bidding begins at Family Support Line’s first-ever virtual auction
Family Support Line’s annual Bids for Kids auction adds a twist for 2020 as it transitions to its first virtual event due to COVID19. Bids for Kids raises money for resources to help children, families, and professionals address the trauma of child sexual abuse. The silent auction will be open for one week, commencing with a Facebook Live celebration. Bidding opens Friday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. and closes on Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 p.m.
Bids For Kids will hold the Facebook Live event on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to gather with family and friends for the Facebook Live celebration and order takeout from local Delaware County restaurants who support the cause.
Each year, Family Support Line accepts a variety of donated items to be auctioned. Last year’s top auction items that raised the most money included a Poconos Mountain Vacation, 55-inch Samsung TV, and diamond earrings. Covid-19 presents many uncertainties and challenges for social service agencies, and Family Support Line is no different. With children isolated at home away from social supports and mandated reporters, this situation is dire for many children and limits chances for disclosure for children to get the help they need. Despite this, FSL’s staff are responding to emergencies through the COVID-19 crisis.
Typically, the event is held at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown. In 2019, Bids for Kids raised over $118,000. This year’s monetary goal is $115,000 for the silent auction. For more information and bidding, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/641396926348374.
Family Support Line works to advance the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Its services include comprehensive prevention programs, specialized treatment, professional training, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization, located in Media, has been serving children, tweens, and teens in Delaware County for over 30 years, protecting their overall health and well-being. For more information, visit http://www.familysupportline.org.
Twilight Wish director speaks at Delco Business and Professional Women’s Club meeting
The Delaware County Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The speaker will be Michelle Bowren, director of wish management from Twilight Wish Foundation.
Twilight Wish Foundation celebrates seniors and makes dreams come true for senior citizens. As director of wish management, Bowren is responsible for all aspects of the wish granting program. Twilight Wish is a national organization to grant wishes to seniors. The Twilight Wish Foundation has granted thousands of wishes and honored thousands of senior citizens. Delaware County Business and Professional Women’s Club and Pennsylvania Business and Professional Women’s Club has taken on Twilight Wishes for its 2020-2021 community project.
For information and to reserve a spot at the Zoom meeting, call 610-566-5035 or check out Delaware County BPW on Facebook and Instagram.
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