Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods helped shed some light on the Bowen, Ill. ball diamond this year thanks to a $10,000 donation toward the purchase of a new lighting system to improve the safety and usability of the diamond.

"This field is a strong part of the community where people gather," said Dot Foods Charitable Committee Chair Suzy Kassing. "Dot Foods is happy to be able to help keep this important cornerstone working safely for everyone."

The $20,000-plus project to install 22 new and efficient light fixtures at the field in Bowen, Ill. was completed in late-July and funded by private donations and banner sales. Installation completed just in time for late-summer Little League games, Southeastern Junior High School softball and Southeastern High School softball in the spring.

"Community members helped to cover over half of the costs," said Village of Bowen Ball Diamond Committee Member Rocco Ramsey. "That's primarily Bowen, Plymouth and Augusta, three small communities. We sold 37 banners between individuals and businesses. That's a lot between these places."

The diamond previously featured used lights, transported from the West Point, Ill. ball diamond in 1981. Over time, some of the light fixtures failed or broke, leaving lights dangling and posing a safety hazard.

"Who knows how long they'd been (in West Point) before that," Ramsey said. "It was like playing in Candlestick Park.   Point blank, they were inadequate. It was dark enough to be a safety issue. The lights were just old, and it's a night and day difference from what it was and what it is now."

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