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Riptide and Anna Maria College announce collaborative effort

June 6, 2007 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

LOWELL - Anna Maria College and the New England Riptide, the National Pro Fastpitch team based in Lowell, Mass. have joined in a unique, cooperative effort. The College will award two $5,000 scholarships and, along with the Riptide, will raise money for the college's Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly in the process.

The Riptide will sell raffle tickets for $1.00 apiece at its home games from June 14 through July 28. On the evening of Sunday, August 12, two lucky ticket holders will receive $5,000 scholarships to Anna Maria College for either the 2008-09 or 2009-10 academic year. All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will be donated by the Riptide to the Molly Bish Center. The scholarships are transferable. However, the recipient must meet the college's admission requirements.

The Molly Bish Center was named for 16-year-old Molly Bish who was abducted from her lifeguard post in the small Central Massachusetts town of Warren. Molly's remains were found three years later five miles from the site of her abduction. Molly's parents, John and Magi, work closely with the Center to provide training and community outreach to prevent similar tragedies.

Riptide owner Joe Adlman speaks with pride and enthusiasm about the opportunity to help both Anna Maria and the Molly Bish Center. "We're happy to be supporting the Molly Bish Center, and we're also happy to be working with a great school like Anna Maria," Adlman said. "We're delighted to be aligned with such a fine institution. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a long-term relationship."

A private, Catholic, coeducational college, Anna Maria is located in Paxton, Mass. on 190 acres. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, students of all faiths are welcomed. The college's Molly Bish Center provides students with service opportunities as well as a means of living the college's mission.

Ten Division III athletic team compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. As a career-oriented liberal arts college, with more than 30 academic programs, areas of study range from education and business to fire science and fine arts. Graduate and continuing education programs are offered to working professionals, including Central Massachusetts' oldest MBA program and the only master's in Emergency Management offered in New England.

According to Anna Maria College's Dean of Enrollment Elaine Lapomardo, the event on August 12 will prove to be a culmination of a worthwhile endeavor. "Anna Maria College is pleased to partner with the New England Riptide to offer the scholarships to fans attending this season," she said. "We see this as a win win for the fans, our college and the Molly Bish Center."

For further information about Riptide games, contact the New England Riptide at 866-4RIPTIDE. For further information about Anna Maria College call 508-849-3360 or visit the college website, www.annamaria.edu.

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