RICHMOND -- Donors raised more than $15,000 for Richmond Little League on Tuesday night at a "Gloves Across The Bay" gala dinner at Burlingame's Broadway Grill.
The money will help cover operating costs for the program. The league has received an outpouring of support since thieves broke into equipment lockers and ripped off more than $1,000 in cash and equipment in April.
The league, which provides recreation for hundreds of low-income boys and girls, was on the verge of shutting down until Lefty O'Doul's restaurant owner Nick Bovis cut the league a $1,500 check after hearing about the thefts on the local news.
Among the major donors Tuesday were Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, who donated $1,000 each.
Joseph Cotchett of the San Francisco-based law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and his daughter Camilla Cotchett donated $6,500, according to Lee Houskeeper, spokesman for the Lefty O'Doul's Kids Foundation.
Bovis said last month that he wants to raise more than $20,000 to enhance the baseball facilities at Nicholl Park in Richmond with new scoreboards, outfield fencing, bleachers, lighting and concession stands.