BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont Lake Monsters are honored to announce that a total of $20,000 was raised Saturday July 8th at historic Centennial Field as part of the “Dig In For Pete” promotion, which included an auction of that night’s special WILK 45 game-worn jerseys in honor of Head Coach Pete Wilk. 

The jersey auction portion of the night raised nearly $4,500 total, an amount that was matched by Chasella for a combined total of $9,000.

In addition, there was a $1,000 donation by the Westfield Starfires, that night’s opponent, and $5,000 from the sale of “Dig In For Pete” bracelets that was matched by the Chris English Family (Lake Monsters owner) for a combined total of $10,000.

“We would like to thank all the Lake Monsters fans who came out to Centennial Field on Saturday night and Monster fans everywhere who took part in the jersey auction and have purchased a bracelet,” Lake Monsters Senior VP C.J. Knudsen said. 

“We would also like to special thanks Jim Caplan of Chasella for stepping up to the plate and the English Family for bringing us home. It was a such a special, loving night at the ballpark to honor Pete and his family as they continue to Dig In.”

Wilk was diagnosed in February  with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer and underwent treatment at the Duke Cancer Center Brain Tumor Clinic in North Carolina. Wilk, along with his wife and two daughters, arrived in Vermont at the end of June as Pete returned to the dugout to resume his heading coaching duties.

For more information, make donation and/or show support, please go to gofundme.com/f/support-for-coach-pete-wilk-and-family