RebeccaFest to be held on December 12th at Joe Riley Park

On December 12th, 2019, the community is invited to attend RebeccaFest, a night to celebrate Rebecca Matthews Veeck at Joe Riley Park. From 6 pm to 9 pm, the stadium will open to attendees to enjoy games, activities, food, and family – all to celebrate Rebecca and raise funds for Batten Disease research. The event, activities, and food, are free and open to the public. Voluntary donations will be accepted on-site for those attendees who wish to contribute. 

Rebecca, daughter of Mike and Libby Veeck, sister of William "Night Train" Veeck, and granddaughter of Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, passed away on September 30, 2019, at the age of 27, from complications stemming from Batten Disease. Mike Veeck has been the co-owner of multiple Minor League Baseball teams across the country (including the Charleston RiverDogs), he's the founder of the Fun Is Good movement, an author, and a motivational speaker.

To celebrate Rebecca's life and honor her memory, Joe Riley Park will host this family-friendly event including jump castles, face-painting, jugglers, hot air balloon rides, and many other surprises. There will be live music from Stoplight Observations, one of Rebecca’s favorites, and more. December 12th was chosen as the date of the event because that is Rebecca’s birthday.

Ballpark food will be provided at no cost, as well as beverages. Chicken Chili, another favorite of Rebecca's, will be a highlight of the available foods.

Dress is casual and warm as the event will be held outdoors. Representatives from the University of Iowa, the leading center for Batten research, will be on-site and donations are welcomed and appreciated. You can donate the day of the event or in advance at:

Attendees are asked to RSVP online:

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