Chicago-based pastry chef to make peach cupcakes for Penny Marshall Celebration

ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Chicago-based pastry chef is making peach cupcakes where the money raised will go towards the Penny Marshall Celebration.

Gale Gand, a winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry chef, is providing peach cupcakes which will be sold as a fundraiser during the showing of ‘A League of Their Own’ this Wednesday in Rockford.

The movie showing will start at 6 p.m. at Prairie Street Brewhouse and kick off the Penny Marshall Celebration in September.

All the proceeds and fundraising from the movie night and the Penny Marshall Celebration will go towards the IWBC’s efforts to build a museum across from Beyer Stadium where the Rockford Peaches played from 1943-1954.

The museum is a $7 million project.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Penny Marshall Celebration:

“Play Ball for Penny” VIP Reception

Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Indoor City Market, 116 N. Madison St., BowTruss Room

Tracy Reiner, who played Betty Staghetti in A League of Their Own will be the guest of honor to honor her mother, Penny Marshall. At the 1940s Rockford Peached-themed private party, guests will enjoy food, drinks and special entertainment to help raise money for the International Women’s Baseball Center museum. Tickets are $100 per person.

Penny Marshall Market

Friday, Sept. 13 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Indoor City Market Lower Level

City Market vendors will be on hand selling Rockford Peaches baseball and nostalgia items. Original All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players and bat girls will be on hand signing autographs. The event is free and open to the public.

Penny Marshall Celebration and Unveiling

Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at the IWBC property across from Beyer Stadium

Penny Marhsall’s daughter and granddaughters will unveil IWBC’s first outdoor museum design which will also be a tribute to Penny Marshall. The event is free and open to the public.

Play Ball MLB Comes to Rockford

Sunday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Beyer Stadium

Major League Baseball, USA Baseball, USA Softball and IWBC will host a free event with kids’ baseball games. Boys and girls ages 4 to 13 can play baseball and take home a free shirt, wristband, bat and ball. CLICK HERE to register your child to play baseball.

Starfires Home Run Derby

Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon at Beyer Stadium

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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