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Ingalls employees go to bat for heart health

Biedron's Beauties captaGreg Biedrsteps up bduring Wednesday's game.  |  Ginger Brashinger~For Sun-Times Media

Biedron's Beauties captain Greg Biedron steps up to bat during Wednesday's game. | Ginger Brashinger~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:27AM



A second attempt to hold the 5th annual Ingalls Softball Fundraiser after a September rainout went off without a hitch last week, raising nearly $2,400 for the American Heart Association.

“It has grown every year,” said Julie Carlson, Ingalls’ marketing communications department manager and a member of the association’s fundraising committee. “We’re certainly pleased with the financial gains that we’ve made.”

More than two dozen male Ingalls employees took to Ormsby Field at Homewood’s Izaak Walton Preserve on Wednesday night — determined to overcome having to wear female attire, complete with wigs and makeup, and win the game.

“I understand (the pregame) prep in the southwest building is very interesting,” the hospital’s Heart Health coordinator, Barbara Ferrari, said, tongue-in-cheek. “It used to be folks would donate (women’s) clothes, and the guys could shop in a room (to decide what they would wear). It’s my understanding that now some of them like to shop on their own.”

Ferrari said the all-in-fun attitude of the fundraiser has been not only great “just for hospital spirit,” but it came at a time about five years ago when the “economy tanked and it was difficult to ask people to donate.”

Despite the fun, the games are known to be “quite a competition,” Ingalls’ IT manager, Sue Bjork, said.

Wednesday’s game was as competitive as in past years. Both Biedron’s Beauties, led by pharmacy department director Greg Biedron, and Swanson’s Sweeties, headed by technology director Jim Swanson, were looking to break a 2-2 series tie and gain a year’s worth of bragging rights.

“We realize it’s not a reflection of athletic prowess,” Biedron said. “It’s just a fun thing to do.”

And it was more fun when his team came back from an eight-run deficit in the top of the fourth inning, scoring 11 runs and going on to a 21-10 win.

“We’re excited about raising the money for the American Heart Association,” Biedron said. “That’s really the whole purpose of the event. It’s a nice gathering of co-workers for a good cause.”



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