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Kent watch party cheers Tribe

By Matthew Merchant | staff writer Published: October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
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As the Cleveland Indians took on the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, some local organizations cheered on the hometown team at a watch party in Kent.

Members of United Way of Portage County and Family & Community Services gathered at Ray's Place for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Bill Childers, United Way president and CEO, said it was a matter of perfect timing.

"How many times are you going to be able to cheer on the Indians at 4 o'clock during the week? Never," he said, keeping an eye on the score.

Like the trending Indians Twitter hashtag, #RallyTogether, Childers said the spirit of watching a ballgame was similar to the spirit of what the United Way and F&CS do in the community: Bring people together.

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Roughly 35 people crowded into the second floor of the downtown bar and restaurant to see the live game. Signs supporting the United Way campaign, which is in full swing in the area, were scattered throughout the bar.

Local business owners were in attendance, as well as community leaders from various county organizations. Representatives from Hometown Bank said that if the Indians make it to the World Series, the games would be projected at Hometown Bank Plaza, at the corner of Main and Water streets, like they were for the Cleveland Cavaliers championship games.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or mmerchant@recordpub.com

Twitter: @MattMerchantRC


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