YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Somers teen Austin Wainer hosted the Dinger Derby for Donations on Sept. 19 at Navajo Fields as a project for his Bar Mitzvah, which takes place this weekend at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights.

He chose this project to honor his friend and previous teammate, Daniel Turner, for their mutual love of baseball. Daniel, also from Somers, is undergoing treatment for leukemia. The event raised money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that helps raise awareness of childhood cancer and money in hopes of finding a cure. 

The children wore T-shirts for Daniel called “Daniel Strong,” a nickname and rallying cry for Daniel as he fights off cancer, according to Rochelle Wainer, Austin’s mom. 

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More than 40 kids between the ages of 8-16 participated in the Dinger Derby. All had a fun time, even those that weren’t baseball players. Austin and his family sold wristbands, drinks and snacks at the event to raise additional money for the charity. In total, they’ve raise over $1,500 thus far.

If you would like to make a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, you can still do so by visiting alexslemonade.org.