Staten Island Republicans and Democrats will face off in a softball game in support of Eden II and Autism Awareness

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Play ball! Members of Staten Island’s Republican and Democratic political parties will face off – but this time it’s only on the softball field. The charity softball game will bring the parties together as they raise funds for Eden II programs.

On Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m., the two biggest parties in the borough will meet at fr. Macris Field, located at 80-122 Lamberts Lane, to fight for the softball title held by the Republican Party on the island since the inaugural game in 2013.

“The Staten Island Democratic Party is thrilled to bring back our annual softball game after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Richmond County Democratic Committee Chairman Assemblyman Michael Cusick. “This game not only brings the two sides together for a friendly match, but does so in support of a local program, Eden II, which is doing amazing things for our community.

“As for which team will win, you’ll just have to watch the game to find out!”

The public is welcome to watch the game for free and all are encouraged to donate to Eden II by visiting

“The Staten Island GOP softball team is thrilled to take to the field to support the great work of Eden II,” said Richmond County Republican Committee Chairman Anthony Reinhart. “I can neither confirm nor deny whether the GOP has incorporated a softball skills assessment into our candidate recruitment efforts. But, I can say with certainty that we’re looking forward to a great game against the best that Democratic Chairman Mike Cusick has to offer. »

Eden II strives to help people with autism throughout their lives realize their full potential through service, science and passion. The organization has supported the Staten Island community for over 40 years.

Joanne Gerenser, Executive Director of Eden II, thanked all participants for the upcoming event. “Thank you to everyone on both sides of the aisle for playing this game every year and shining a light on the services Eden II Programs provides to the Staten Island community,” she said.

“We are very grateful for the support of both party leaders and appreciate their commitment to raising autism awareness in our community,” added Teresa Cirelli, Director of Development at Eden II.

If you would like more information about any of the Eden II programs, visit their website or call 718-816-1422.

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