Midcoast student-athletes from Waldoboro to Searsport are selling raffle tickets to gain entry into the ninth annual Mikail R. Russo More Opportunities for NEighborhood Youth (MONEY) Athletic Foundation Home Run Derby Sunday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Rockport Recreation Field.

Once again, the MONEY Athletic Foundation is raffling prizes and gift certificates. Athletes who sell at least 12 tickets are automatically eligible to participate in the derby where they compete to hit the ball over a series of fences and accumulate points towards a championship. Raffle prizes include tickets to the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Portland Sea Dogs games; gift certificates to local area shops and restaurants; rounds of golf; overnight stays at hotels; and live lobster, among other things. The top seller will receive four tickets to a Red Sox game this summer.

The home run derby will begin at 11 a.m. for middle school participants and 1 p.m. for high school entrants. There is also an adult open competition that follows the high school division where those wishing to participate can make a $20 donation and take a few cuts. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

This year the winners of the home run derby in both the middle and high school divisions will take home a special commemorative hand turned wooden bat crafted by Tom Ventura of Ventura Wooden Bats in Biddeford. Ventura’s work can be seen online at venturawoodenbats.com.

All proceeds from this event are used to benefit young local athletes. Last year, the MONEY Athletic Foundation awarded more than $16,000 in grants, and, to date, has helped more than 500 deserving athletes go to summer camp, participate on travel teams, and purchase equipment.

Anyone can stop by to enjoy the action or take part in the fun. There will be food provided by Micucci Wholesale Foods of Portland, voted Portland’s best pizza.

For more information about the MONEY Athletic Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, visit online at moneyathleticfoundation.org.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.