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The team's late-January donation caps off the Pacers' COVID-friendly fundraiser.

COURTESY PHOTO - Lakeridge baseball coach Ray Pearson and Pacer players Josh Schleichardt, Cam Clayton, Derek Seneker, Gus Rogers and and Beau Spiekerman (center) pose with members of the Lake Oswego police and fire departments after donating more than 100 pounds of coffee, K-Cups and gift boxes to first responders.The COVID-19 pandemic may be keeping the Lakeridge baseball team off the field right now, but that doesn't mean the Pacers aren't doing great things.

The team — which hopes to play this spring after losing its 2020 season to the pandemic — just completed a coffee fundraiser that saw the Pacers partner with Java Bucks (9540 S.W. Tualatin Sherwood Road in Tualatin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-558-7600). The event culminated with the donation of 100 pounds of coffee, K-Cups and gift boxes to the Lake Oswego Police Department and Lake Oswego Fire Department at the end of January.

"Normally, we try to have two or three projects within the year for service, but with COVID, it has made it difficult the last 12 months," said Lakeridge baseball coach Ray Pearson. "Being able to combine the needs of the baseball program coupled with the service project was a win for everyone."

The Lakeridge baseball program normally hosts an crab feed as its primary annual fundraiser, but because of the amount of personal interaction with the community that event requires, the Pacers pivoted to the coffee fundraiser for 2020-21.

"We came up with a hands-off, COVID-friendly fundraiser," Pearson said, noting that the Pacers added gift boxes to "do something for the non-coffee drinkers (who) still wanted to donate so we provided a way that could benefit the program and the community."

When it came time to make the donation to the Lake Oswego police and fire departments, Pearson was joined by Pacer players Josh Schleichardt, Cam Clayton, Derek Seneker, Gus Rogers and and Beau Spiekerman.


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