Friday, October 4, 2002
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has declared Friday, October 4 as Mario Perrucci Day in Atlantic County in honor of Perrucci's contributions to the community as the Director of Operations of the Atlantic City Surf baseball team.
Perrucci is credited with helping the Surf climb from the cellar of the Atlantic League to the top of the division with the league's best record after making the decision to promote Mitch Williams from pitching coach to manager.
The Surf also recorded its best single-game and one-week attendance in franchise history this past season due to the efforts of Perrucci and his staff. Throughout the season, the Surf hosts dozens of community organizations and fulfills hundreds of requests for complimentary tickets, merchandise and special appearances.
"While we are extremely proud of what the Surf has accomplished on the field, we are even prouder of the contributions of Mario and the Surf organization off the field," stated Levinson. "They provide a valuable public service and extend themselves to the community. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation."
In the last week of the regular season with the team fighting for a playoff berth, the Surf generously hosted Atlantic County's Spirit of America Commemorative Program which attracted more than 6,000 guests and participants for a tribute to the victims and the heroes of September 11th. The Surf also hosted fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics and the Sunshine Foundation among many others. Additionally, the Surf helped promote school attendance, literacy and academic performance through its programs.
Perrucci joined the Surf organization in 1999 and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming General Manager in 2000, prior to accepting his current position as Director of Operations for the 2002 season. Perrucci hopes to purchase the team from majority owner Frank Boulton prior to the start of the 2003 season.
For more information, please contact Howard Kyle, at (609) 343-2223.