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Gerrard Park will soon be receiving a face lift and some repairs thanks to the work of the Columbus Baseball Association and a grant by Royals Charities Royalty Fields Program, the charitable foundation of the Kansas City Royals

The CBA, active in the community for more than four decades, reached out to Royals Charities this past summer and was awarded a "Royalty Fields" grant on behalf of the Glass family and the Royals Charities Board of Directors.

The CBA received a matching grant of $15,000 to be used for renovations at Gerrard Park. Thus far, dirt and grass work as well as fence repairs have been undertaken as part of the grant funding.

Grant writer Diana Hutchinson was consulted by the CBA and authored the grant accepted by Royals Charities.

Royals Charities was founded in 2001 as an effort to support children, education, youth baseball and softball renovations and military families living in and around the Kansas City area.

The foundation utilizes grants to achieve that mission. In 2017, Royals Charities donated $2.3 million to 143 different organizations.

Since it's founding, and under the leadership of the Glass family, Royals Charities has donated more than $14.8 million.

The Columbus Baseball Association, active since the late 1970s, has looked after baseball and softball fields in Columbus as well as offered assistance to youth unable to play baseball due to financial hardship.

 "This relieves a lot of the burden for the city," said CBA president Tom Meays. "The city was going to pour in $60,000 to Gerrard. We've got a $15,000, $20,000 and $2,500 to help take care of a lot of that.

"We really appreciate the good will of Royals Charities."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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