OGDEN -- The Ogden Raptors will honor the late Emilie Parker and her family on
July 20 with an event they're calling "Pink The Park Night" at Lindquist Field.
Emilie, an Ogden native, lost her life along with 25 others in Newtown Conn., victims of an elementary school shooting rampage.
Raptors president and CEO Dave Baggott said Tuesday the team wants to provide a fun evening at the ballpark for the Parker family.
"If they can sit and crack open a bag of peanuts and have a soda and enjoy a ballgame for a few hours, then it's worth any expense," Baggott said.
The Raptors will play host to the Helena Brewers on July 20. Ogden's players will wear pink jerseys with the name "Emilie" across the back.
Those jerseys will later be auctioned off starting at $500, with all proceeds going to the Emilie Parker Fund, Baggott said.
"She loved the color pink, which is why we're wearing pink jerseys," Baggott said. "It's not going to be political or anything like that. That's not what it's about. We're just going to go out to celebrate a beautiful little girl. We're going to celebrate children."
Baggott said the idea for the special night came about because of a sense of family and community.
The Raptors have been playing ball in Ogden since 1994.
Emilie's dad Robbie Parker once worked as "Oggie," the Raptors' dinosaur mascot, Baggott said.
"We want to pay tribute not only to Emilie, but the entire Parker family," Baggott said.
The Parkers will also throw out the first pitch.
Baggott said fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
The team is hopeful the park will be splashed with pink from one end to the other.
"I think this community will step up," he said.