All-stars help to benefit Children’s Eye Clinic

Six local baseball players played in the June 22-23 Minnesota Lions High School All-Star Baseball Tournament in Chaska.

Not only did Andover’s Patrick O’Donnell and Brent Stong, Blaine’s Tanner Schumacher, Coon Rapids’ Cody Herrmann and Alex Wojciechowski, as well as St. Francis Saint Andy Julkowski compete with the state’s best on the baseball diamond, they were part of efforts to raise funds donated to the Lions Children’s Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota.

Now in its 38th year, the Minnesota Lions All-Star Tournament has raised more than $350,000 to support the work done at that clinic.

The clinic sees more than 5,000 children each year, many of whom have such serious vision problems that no other clinic in the region can help.

“Lions club members are honored to work with the high school coaches and skilled players who join together in offering an exciting and fun event,” said Bob Wharton, Lions member and tournament co-founder. “Proceeds from this event directly benefit children from across the state who seek treatment at the University of Minnesota.”

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