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Diamond in the Rough

BY: Kori Sciandra | June 09, 2011

The Buffalo Community Center, located in the Senenca Babcock community, is asking residents for help in spreading the word about a $50,000 grant from Pepsi, which is part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The Center has reached the finals for the month of June. The Seneca Babcock Community Association (SBAC) is hoping to refurbish and operate a baseball diamond next to the community center, a project to be completed in conjunction with a current $2.5 million dollar community center project already underway.

“Anyone can apply to be part of this. There are certain criteria that need to be met and a few different categories you can apply for. We chose the ‘community’ category because we want to not only improve the community but get them involved as well,” said SBAC Executive Director Brian Pilarski. 

The center only has to place as one out of 10 contest winners in order to receive the funds. The Pepsi Refresh project is offering 10 grants in the amounts of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, and $50,000.

During the month of June, there will be a ten-character alphanumeric code on specially marked Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi Max products in participating locations. The codes are printed under the bottle caps of specially marked 2-liter and 20 oz. products, and printed on the reverse sides of the carton wraps of specially marked 12-pack and 24-pack products.

Individuals who find a specially marked product are encouraged to enter that code on the Power Vote page on the Pepsi Refresh Website in order to find out if their code is worth five, 10, 15, 25, 50, or 100 votes.  

Residents can show their support by voting at www.refresheverything.com/biketrip; by using the voting application at Pepsi Refresh Project Face book, downloading the Pepsi Refresh Project iPhone app or Android app, or by text messaging the code (107043) to the number 73774 using a mobile phone. Text messages may be sent once per day.

Power Votes must be used by midnight on the day they are registered on the site. Votes will become void otherwise. Individuals may use up to 10 codes in one 24-hour period.

The SBCA hopes to win this grant, however, Pilarski stated that with the help of the community, businesses, and/or city support the baseball diamond will still be built.


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