Knights of Columbus honor South Jersey Field of Dreams founder

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Even after 10 years, area groups still remember the dedication, hard work and vision of a local man who created the South Jersey Field of Dreams in Pitney Park. From left are John Glassy, Larry McCarty, Chuck Dhyne, Robert Luke, grand knight, presenting plaque to Barry Hackett, John DeRitis, deputy grand knight, and Emil Dupuy, treasurer. Team member missing from the picture: Jeff Hayden./Submitted Even after 10 years, area groups still remember the dedication, hard work and vision of a local man who created the South Jersey Field of Dreams in Pitney Park. From left are John Glassy, Larry McCarty, Chuck Dhyne, Robert Luke, grand knight, presenting plaque to Barry Hackett, John DeRitis, deputy grand knight, and Emil Dupuy, treasurer. Team member missing from the picture: Jeff Hayden./Submitted

ABSECON _ Even after 10 years, area groups still remember the dedication, hard work and vision of a local man who created the South Jersey Field of Dreams in Pitney Park.

The Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council No. 6342 recognized the work of Barry Hackett, founder of the South Jersey Field of Dreams by naming him as its Senior Citizen of the Year.

The Knights honored Hackett on Monday, May 5.

Even though this award is being presented to Barry, it really reflects the efforts of an outstanding team, Grand Knight Robert Luke said during the presentation.

The South Jersey Field of Dream’s team of officers is comprised of Chuck Dhyne, Larry McCarty, John Glassey and Jeff Hayden.

“I consider them the dream team,” Luke said. “But there are many others working with this team to make it all possible.”

Luke said he is still amazed by what the South Jersey Field of Dreams has accomplished over the past 10 years.

The league has grown from a dirt field and 40 players on four teams to more than 275 players representing six counties and 35 towns, Luke said.

South Jersey Field of Dreams organizers have spent many hours get support and funding to invest $1 million in the facilities.

“This all takes a lot of work, dedication and love,” Luke said.

Hackett’s honors are not over just yet, however.

Luke said the New Jersey State Knights of Columbus will honor Hackett during its annual convention in two weeks.


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