Patrick Tutka, Assistant Professor of Sports Management at Niagara University and the Director of Niagara Power Baseball, is a dear friend and client of ours at Island Ship Center. A soft-spoken, erudite man with an intense desire to build business relationships and make lasting positive impact in the community, Patrick has been recruited from LSU (the epitome of college baseball) to Niagara University and is doing amazing things there. He has an extraordinary ability to lead his students to do great things as well. As director of the Niagara Power baseball team, which is owned and operated by NU, Patrick empowers his students to organize all the facets surrounding the games, including managing concession stands, greeting the guests, arranging vendors, being on schedule, team communications, commitment of key players and much more.
Recently, Patrick approached us with a proposal to do some ticket printing for the team, in exchange for a sponsorship. We were delighted and gladly accepted the offer. Before every home game, there is an announcement made about Island Ship Center being the sponsor of the first pitch, and we are truly honored. Here is the schedule for your reference. Be sure to attend a home game this summer, say hello to Patrick for us and take a look at your tickets; they might just say, “Island Ship Center” on the back!
This past Saturday, we were especially elated and honored to attend the first home game, which was a tribute to the late, great Doug Smith, a long time announcer, supporter and lover of Niagara Falls baseball, and a Grand Island resident for many years. His dear wife Polly, along with his son and family, attended the ceremony, which took place before the first pitch. It was momentous and truly a remarkable tribute to a remarkable man. It ended with Doug’s voice, announcing one of the plays during his lifetime; it brought tears to everyone’s eyes. What’s more, the press box is now renamed after Doug Smith, so be sure to check it out when you visit Sal Maglie Stadium.
As always, thank you for your trust and your support, for allowing us to make a difference in the lives of people in the community. Doug loved what we were trying to accomplish and he would have been proud to see the progress.
With gratitude and effervescence,
Fahim & Seema Mojawalla, Co-Owners
Island Ship Center
#SpaOfShipping #FahimFix #ExudeExcellence