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Bells to Partner with Make-A-Wish for Opening Day!

06/03/2018 8:03 AM

The Bellingham Bells are excited to announce an Opening Day partnership with Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.  


Make-A-Wish recipient JT will help kick off the season for the Bells at the 2018 season opener on Monday, June 4th, throwing out the first pitch in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd. JT will also spend the game in the dugout serving as the home team’s bat boy and hanging out with players and coaches.


Northwest Limousine and Party Bus will help JT arrive to the field in style, transporting the boy and his family with donated transportation from their home to Joe Martin Field.  The limousine will arrive to the warm reception of Bells’ players and coaches who will be there to greet JT. 


“We are thrilled to be welcoming JT and his family to Joe Martin Field on Opening Day,” Bells’ general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “It has been a true pleasure to get know JT and his family, and to work with Make-A-Wish on this fun experience for JT.  We truly believe our role is to celebrate those in the community whenever we can, and we felt like this was an absolutely incredible opportunity to do so, while at the same time partnering with an amazing organization and a great local family.” 


Six-year-old JT received his wish to visit his favorite theme park in February. His family describes his wish as a refreshing break from hospitals and treatments. It gave them time to focus on being a family while JT is feeling healthy. 


“Every Make-A-Wish child is a hero,” said Shane Kussman, JT’s wish-granting volunteer. “His spark for life and love for his family is just so awesome. His wish—and now this opportunity with the Bells—takes his mind off all of the medical appointments and surgeries and let him focus on something fun.”


JT and his dad have been practicing JT’s opening pitch. He is excited for the opportunity to kick-off the Bells season and to play catch with the players

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

Find Us

Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035