Mount Dora Babe Ruth is a not for profit organization that provides a place for children, ages 4 to mid-teen. Our mission at Mount Dora Babe Ruth, through a lead by example approach, is to instill in our children important life lessons; such as camaraderie, sportsmanship, fairness, dedication, self-worth, humility, game fundamentals, community pride, and most importantly citizenship. The Mount Dora Babe Ruth League is completely volunteer-run by our league officers and board members, managers, coaches and umpires. It is our fundamental belief that every child with a desire to play baseball or softball be afforded that opportunity. Despite these life lessons, there are some that follow a less than righteous path, and it is because of this that we are reaching out to you for support.
Recently, Mount Dora Babe Ruth has fallen victim to a heinous act. The league’s now former treasurer misappropriated almost all of the league’s funds for her own personal use and gain. Making matters worse, she left behind substantial unpaid invoices from vendors, all of which are local small businesses within our community. The now former treasurer is currently under criminal investigation by the Mount Dora Police Department.
The misappropriated funds were for the benefit of everyone, present and future, child in our league and local community. Certain normal activities, such as providing scholarships for children that can’t afford to play, holding season ending parties for the entire league and the community, and taking the kids to college and/or professional games may have to be put on hold for the near future.
The current board members are heartbroken by what has transpired. However, each and every board member in this organization is also dedicated to the leagues ongoing success. In true MDBR fashion, the league will overcome this, as an MDBR Family, through teamwork and dedication and are committed to making sure the season continues as planned.
However, we need your help to support these children and their love of this amazing game and our great league in this trying time. The Board Members of MDBR want to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again and that the future of the league is secure. In doing so we have opened the MD Babe Ruth fund with the Mount Dora Community Trust to ensure that any donations collected are secure and will be dispersed with additional checks and balances in place through the Foundation of the Mount Dora Community Trust.
We appreciate all the outpouring of love and support and hope you consider donating to this great program.
To donate please click the link listed below.
Under the drop down box, the donor should select MD Babe Ruth from the list of funds.
You can also mail checks written to Mount Dora Babe Ruth to:
Foundation of the Mount Dora Community Trust
821 Donnelly Street
Mount Dora FL 32757
The Mount Dora Babe Ruth Board