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GREAT NEWS. The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that the Dunlap Board of Education approved the building of a new press box for the Dunlap High School Varsity baseball field and that the press box will be named the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box in honor of Nick. It is an unbelievable honor for Nick and our family that Nick's legacy will live on through the Nick Murphy Press Box.
One month ago, Coach Rod Hatch called me and asked if it would be okay if he talked to the school board and made a request that a new press box could be named after Nick. We were obviously shocked that he would consider doing such a thing and completely honored. Nick loved playing baseball for Dunlap High School and Coach Hatch and loved everything about baseball, his teammates and his time being there. It was a sad day when he graduated in May, 2015 and his high school baseball career ended.
Coach Hatch then contacted the Athletic Director, Greg Crider, and the school board officials and asked that the press box be named after Nick. Over the course of the last month, the officials at Dunlap have worked quickly to put this project together so that it could be approved and plans started to get it built as soon as possible. It is obviously a huge undertaking. Last night at the Dunlap School Board meeting, the naming of the project was approved.
Now the hard part is getting the money raised for the building of the Nick Murphy Press Box. The cost will be approximately $25,000.00 and we need to help raise the money before it can be built. That means we will be doing a huge fundraiser to raise the money so that it can be built this summer, 2017. The start of the fundraising was through Coach Hatch and his "Turn Two for #2" double play fundraiser. You can sign up to pledge money for every double play turned this baseball season as the first fundraiser for the Nick Murphy Press Box Project. You can sign up for that at the web page, or you can email me directly and pledge any amount you want per double play starting at $2.00 per double play. As of March 24, 2017 we have $210.00 per double play pledged and they have completed 5 double plays. Let's see how many more people can pledge on that.
The rest of the $25,000.00 is going to be raised by private pledges and other community fundraisers. The Dunlap Alumni softball game from last year has donated $3,000.00 and this years game on May 12, 2017 will donate more. There are many other plans in the works to raise money as well. Whatever money is not raised will be paid for by our family personally. Theresa and I decided that we would make sure the money was raised quickly to make sure the Nick Murphy Press Box was built this summer while there are still players and coaches at the school that played with and coached Nick. We are very proud Nick's legacy of sacrifice and commitment will be carried on through the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box.
As a result, we are asking for your help. It means more than you can know to us and our family for Nick's name and his legacy to be honored by having the press box named after him. We can go to a game and everyone playing in the field and everyone sitting in the stands will be able to look up and see Nick's name at the top of the Press Box overlooking the field. This is personal to us. It means Nick will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.
Thus, here is what we are asking. We are asking everyone we know to help us raise the funds and contribute specifically to the Nick Murphy Press Box Project. We have already raised plenty of money to support the golf outing and raised a substantial amount to support the educational, military, charitable and legal causes that will undertaken for right now in the next few months. All of the educational scholarships, military scholarships, and charitable donations that are going to be made in the next few months are fully funded through the Foundation. You can donate online through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation donation web page. If you click on the Paypal link, it will allow you to pay by credit card or through Paypal itself. You can also send your check payable to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation to 456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.
Anyone that donates $500.00 or more will have their name or family added to a Donor Plaque that will be permanently attached to the building.
Thank you everyone. Please donate so we can make this project a reality. Thank you Dunlap Board of Education, and all of those people involved in the school district as well. It is an honor for us to be involved in this project and make it happen. Nick would be so proud and think this was the coolest thing ever.

As of March 24, 2017, these are the pledges and donations we have specifically for the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box. Thank you everyone who has donated.

Wendy Lewis: $50.00
Craig Smith: $200.00
Nancy Ellis O'Brien: $100.00
Matthew Gould: 20.00
Anonymous: $1,000.00
Addi and Keith Mercer: $100.00
Virginia Warren: $100.00
Tiffany McKean: $200.00
Lana and Tom Frake: $1,000.00
Jamison Shefts and Jaymo's Sauces: $500.00
P.J., Nick, Luke and Charlie Mangieri: $500.00
Pete and Theresa Mangieri: $500.00
Jackie Schweder Knasel: $100.00
Tiffany and Mike Higgins: $200.00
Michelle and Mike Merkley: $500.00
Chris and Karyn Winkel: $600.00

Total Direct Pledges: $5,670.00
T-shirts: $749.00
Turn Two for #2 Double Plays: $1,050.00
Alumni Game Donation: $3,000.00
Total Pledged to Date: $10,469.00

Thank you so much from Theresa, Ed, Grant, Alec, Nick and Delaney Murphy