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'Phil Niekro Night' raises sizeable funds for Gainesville's Edmondson-Telford Child Advocacy Center
Phil Niekro Night
The Atlanta Braves foundation presented a $35,000 check Tuesday to the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center on Tuesday at Truist Park. Pictured from left are Atlanta Braves president Derek Schiller, Niekro's widow, Nancy Niekro, Edmondson Telford executive director Heather Hayes and Edmondson Telford fund development director Jane Carpenter. Also pictured are members of the Niekro family. Photo courtesy Jane Carpenter

'Phil Niekro Night' was a resounding success Tuesday for the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville. 

Funds raised through numerous events, attached to the Atlanta Braves' game against the New York Yankees, went to benefit the Gainesville-based non-profit that looks to assist victims of child abuse.

The night, which included ticket packages with proceeds going to Edmondson Telford, raised $35,000. 

Niekro, a longtime resident of Flowery Branch and member of the MLB Hall of Fame, was famous for his longevity as a pitcher, due to his prolific knuckleball. 

Up until his death in 2020, Niekro was a strong proponent for the work of the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center. 

His widow, Nancy, several family members and representatives of the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center were on hand to receive a ceremonial check on the field from Atlanta Braves president Derek Schiller. 

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