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Treyton's Field of Dreams surging in Whitewater

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Kevin Hoffman
April 13, 2011
— Volunteers are ramping up efforts to close a $400,000 gap to build a memorial baseball park for 6-year-old Treyton Kilar, who was killed last fall by a drunken driver.

Treyton's Field of Dreams already has about $75,000 designated for its construction on Starin Park's northeast side in Whitewater. The city parks and recreation board in March approved a conceptual design, which includes a 225- to 250-foot fence, dugouts, lighting, batting cages and 145 parking stalls.


Matt Amundson, parks and recreation director, said the estimated cost of $474,000 could change as planning continues.


"We're waiting and putting together a more tangible cost estimate based on real dollar figures and combining services donated," he said. "Everything is dependent on fundraising."


The Whitewater City Council still must approve the design.


A number of volunteers pledged services to help build the field, though Amundson could not provide specifics. Various fundraisers in Whitewater over the last five months brought in thousands of dollars in donations.


Fundraising organizers planned two events this week: "Zumba for Trey" on Saturday at Whitewater High School and a chicken dinner Sunday in Fort Atkinson.


The family also plans a "Family Fun Day" on May 14 in Whitewater. A silent auction will include Milwaukee Brewers memorabilia and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's suite at Miller Park for one game.


The project narrowly missed a $250,000 boost this year through the Pepsi Refresh Project, which funds ideas that positively impact the community. Treyton's Field of Dreams finished third in voting.


Pepsi is funding a second round of the competition in June, and Amundson said he would apply. The amount of money awarded is expected to be about $5,000.


Kilar was killed in September when 44-year-old Scott Dragotta ran a stop sign at Highway 20 and County N in Walworth County, slamming into a vehicle driven by Kilar's father, Mike, police said. Mike Kilar and three of his four children were returning from watching his daughter's volleyball match in East Troy.


Dragotta was found guilty in February on 14 criminal charges. His sentencing is scheduled for May 9.


FIELD FUNDRAISERS

Organizers are working to close a $400,000 gap to build Treyton's Field of Dreams.


Two fundraisers are planned:


Zumba for Trey


Where: Whitewater High School gymnasium, 534 S. Elizabeth St.


When: 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday


Admission: $25 donation. Visit treysfield.org for registration details.


Chicken dinner


Where: Capn's Steakhouse & Saloon, 855 Lexington Blvd., Fort Atkinson.


When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday


Admission: Meals range from $6-$10. Call (920) 568-0909 by today to place orders. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.



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