Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Treyton’s field in running for Pepsi Refresh grant

August 11, 2011

WHITEWATER — Treyton Kilar’s Field of Dreams is going to get another shot at a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project Grant. And maybe the third time is the charm.

Matt Amundson, Whitewater’s parks and recreation director, said his office received an e-mail from Pepsi on Aug. 5 confirming that the little league ball field will be in line for the September voting in the Pepsi Refresh competition.

It was one of 10 projects randomly selected for the grant competition.

Voting will run from Sept. 1 to 30.

A technicality in the grant application for July kept the program out of the running for that month.

According to earlier reports, the proposal was rejected because a required video ran longer than the allotted time.

Pepsi’s time limit for the videos was one minute, but the one sent by the Field of Dreams representatives was about two-and-a-half minutes.

Costs of Treyton’s Field of Dreams are expected to be about $474,000.

Fundraisers have come up with about $155,000, including $60,400 during the “Treyton Kilar Family Fun Day” and auction in May.

Treyton, 6, was killed in September 2010 when Scott Dragotta, 44, ran a stop sign at Highway 20 and County N in Walworth County, hitting a car driven by Treyton’s father, Mike.

Dragotta was found guilty in February on 14 criminal charges.

He was later sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

The proposed youth baseball field, to be near the corner of Fremont Street and Starin Road, would have outfield fences at 225 to 250 feet, dugouts, lighting, batting cages and 145 parking stalls.

Organizers are reportedly waiting until all funds for the new field are collected before going to the City Council for approval.