Story at a glance
• The Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team boosters club raised $7,500 in a raffle last week to benefit the program.
• Karen Stillion won a guided hunt, provided by Elkhorn Outfitters.
• Money from the raffle will be used to offset costs to renovate the Craig Middle School baseball field.
• Renovations include new sod and topsoil on the field, a sprinkler system, new mound and batting area.
Karen Stillion has been named the winner of the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball booster club’s drawing for a guided big game hunt.
Elkhorn Outfitters provided the big game hunt — valued at $5,000 — for a choice of deer, antelope or elk.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to offset construction costs at the Craig Middle School baseball field.
Booster club member Shane Camilletti said the raffle raised about $7,500.
Both the middle school and Moffat County High School baseball teams use the field.
Stillion said she plans to give the hunt to her brother-in-law in Texas.
“I don’t hunt,” she said. “But, I’ll be in Texas next week, and I was going to give it to him.”
The raffle was sponsored by the Moffat County High School baseball boosters club.
Stillion said she had forgotten about the raffle — until she won.
“I was very surprised,” she said. “I always buy anything that will support the kids, but I kind of forgot about it.”
Stillion said she bought only one ticket from Moffat County pitcher and first baseman Ivan Nielson.
Renovation work began on the field last summer.
The infield and area surrounding the backstop had been dirt, which was replaced with sod and grass at a cost of about $23,000, Camilletti said.
The outfield grass was replaced and smoothed over, and a sprinkler system was added to the infield.
Other additions will include a batting cage beyond the right field fence, an improved bullpen area and new fences.
Camilletti said the school district helped provide money for the projects and that the funds raised from the raffle will offset those costs.
“The school paid for us until we were able to raise some money,” he said. “That was the bulk of it.”
The raffle probably will not be the last fundraiser for the baseball field, Camilletti said, and with a slate of projects coming up in the spring, more money will be needed to continue the field’s renaissance.
“We’re hoping to get the dugouts done,” he said. “But, we’ll need another $5,000 or $6,000.”
The old wooden dugouts will be replaced, possibly with cinderblocks.