Grant program rejects Kilar field project
Organizers for the proposed youth baseball field in Whitewater expected the idea to be included in this month’s Pepsi Refresh Project—a promotion that awards grants for various plans designed to improve communities.
Matt Amundson, Whitewater’s parks and recreation director, said the Kilar proposal was rejected because the required video ran longer than the allotted time. Pepsi asked that each submission include a one-minute video, but the one sent was about two-and-a-half minutes, he said.
Pepsi didn’t allow for an opportunity to revise the video and rejected the proposal.
This is the second time organizers made an attempt to win grant money through the Pepsi Refresh Project. It missed out on $250,000 earlier this year, falling behind in votes just hours before the contest came to an end.
When fundraisers applied for that grant, the submission required a video less than three minutes, Amundson said. That same video was used when the group applied for the July contest.
Costs of Treyton’s Field of Dreams are expected to be about $474,000. Fundraisers have come up with about $155,000, including $60,400 during the “Treyton Kilar Family Fun Day” and auction held last month.
Kilar was killed in September when Scott Dragotta, 44, ran a stop sign at Highway 20 and County N in Walworth County, hitting a car driven by Kilar’s father, Mike.
Mike Kilar and three of his four children were returning from his daughter’s volleyball match in East Troy. Mike and the other two children were injured in the crash, but survived.
Dragotta was found guilty in February on 14 criminal charges. He was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Plans for the youth baseball field call for a 225- to 250-foot fence, dugouts, lighting, batting cages and 145 parking stalls. Amundson said he’s waiting until the funds are collected before asking the city council for approval.
Fundraisers have one more chance this fall to receive funding through Pepsi. Amundson said the group plans to resubmit the application—with a revised video—for the September round of voting, which also will be for $50,000.
He said the timing was favorable since students will be back at UW-Whitewater and would be more likely to vote.
The application for that grant must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 5.
Friends of the Program, a charity organization that raises money for Whitewater athletics and student-athletes, also is holding a golf outing Aug. 20 at Prairie Woods Golf Course in Avalon. All proceeds will go to Treyton’s Field of Dreams.