O&R Makes Pascack Hills Girl's Baseball Dreams Come True

For Sara Bressler, the evening of May 11 was a night like no other in her young life.


That's when the 16-year-old Yankees fan and her family were guests of Con Edison at the company's 51st annual Yankees Kids Night at Yankee Stadium. Each year for 51 years, Con Edison has treated deserving youngsters from each of its service regions to free admission to a game in the Bronx.


Sara, a student at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, was nominated for the Yankees Kids program by the Pascack Pioneers First Robotics Team coach Jack Teadore. Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a Con Edison subsidiary, sponsored Sara this year.


Sara, a robotics team member, served as a co-leader of the First Tech Challenge mentoring program for kids interested in robotics. She also took part in a West Virginia University project that built a robot that kicks a soccer ball for disabled and non-ambulatory children. She volunteers with her Girl Scout troop in many activities, including feeding the needy at a soup kitchen, planting vegetables at a community garden and tutoring younger kids. She plans to use her skills to "engineer for a cause."


Con Edison Yankees Kids must demonstrate the values of service, honesty, concern, courtesy, excellence and teamwork. They must have a grade average of "B" or better, show strong leadership and sportsmanship skills and serve as a role model for their peers.


After a tour of the awesome ballpark with other Yankees Kids, Sara enjoyed all the hot dogs and popcorn she could eat and settled in to watch the game from a luxury skybox with her family and the group's Yankee host, legendary All-Star slugger Chris Chambliss.


Although the evening's final score was Oakland A's 10 and the Yankees 5, the night was a real hit with Sara Bressler.

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