Phillies’ starting pitcher gets ball rolling on Meadow Vista center

Donation idea pitched to Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay by champion Auburn fisherman, Skeet Reese
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay made a donation of $10,000 toward the Meadow Vista Community Center, it was announced Monday via press release. Halladay was introduced to the project by local professional bass fisherman Skeet Reese, who, along with his wife, Kim Reese, has rallied to see the building through to completion. Reese is especially interested in the impact it would have on local youth and the arts. After pitching a perfect game in 2010, Halladay’s management arranged a fishing trip with Reese as a reward. Originally, Reese had approached the Phillies about making a donation toward the center, but Halladay decided to make a personal donation, according to Reese. “I thought it was very generous of the Halladay family,” Reese said. “He is the best at what he does and (it’s remarkable) for someone of his caliber to be still so level and down-to-earth.” Halladay has also supported other youth projects with his earnings from the major leagues. During his time playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay had a special box called “Doc’s Box” during Blue Jays games where children and families from the Hospital for Sick Children could watch the action. According to Reese, the community center was started a few years ago and was stopped mid-construction because of funding issues. “We are seeing a beautiful building sitting with just the shell built and we wanted to get the ball rolling,” Reese said. Aside from the impact it would have on youth, Reese said it could host dinners and weddings in Meadow Vista. Reese said that residents from Meadow Vista, Auburn and surrounding areas would benefit from the center. “The project’s fund-raising is gaining momentum. It is inspiring to see members of our community and beyond rallying together to complete the infrastructure and the youth recreation room portion of the center so it can be opened for serving of our community,” said community center board chairman Fred Eichenhofer via press release. “We are extremely grateful for the giving spirit of the Halladays and the Reeses.”