Holden Leibenguth, KMMC member & Challenger Baseball Buddy, named Honorary Chair for Rochester Press Radio Club Champions Dinner
PENFIELD, N.Y., APRIL 19, 2016 – The “Kids Miracle Making Club” is proud to announce that club member Holden Leibenguth, age 14, has been named Honorary Chair of the Rochester Press Radio Club’s 67th Day of Champions Dinner to be held on May 21 (www.pressradio.org). As part of this distinction, Holden will be seated at the head table next to the event headliner, retired Yankee great, Mariano Rivera.
Holden was selected for this honor in recognition of all he has done—at a very young age—to support those with special needs as a KMMC leader and as a Challenger Baseball Buddy for the Penfield Challenger Baseball program since its inception in 2010.
“When I think of Holden Leibenguth,” said KMMC president Steve Pellow, “the first thing that comes to mind is ‘actions speak louder than words.’ He is an innovative, soft-spoken young man who has done so much for Challenger Baseball and the many kids supported through our Kids Miracle Making Club programs.”
Holden’s KMMC project ideas and leadership supports kids at the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, CP Rochester, and Golisano Children’s Hospital. One example of Holden’s impact in our community is his idea for our “Home Run Heroes” project that included a baseball camp for kids with and without special needs taught by Penfield Little League coaches and Penfield high school varsity baseball players, and a home run hitting contest at Wickham Farms’ batting cages. The events raised $1,000 to purchase baseball equipment and baseball-themed video games to give kids in need an opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball on the field, the gym, or their hospital rooms.
Holden exemplifies what it means to be a true buddy, continuously giving his time, talent, and most importantly—friendship—to enhance the lives of children with special needs.
The Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) is a youth educational organization practicing service learning—members developing their natural talents, interests and academics through hands-on projects that address community issues and needs. KMMC is unique in its focus on the needs of children with physical and developmental challenges. “Explore, Develop, Share…Watch Miracles Happen.”