Ed Wiest Field to get new scoreboard

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Mayor Donnie Wharton presents plaque to Eddie Wiest

BRAWLEY – The Brawley city council gave presentation plaques to Rabobank and Eddie Wiest for their contributions to the new scoreboard to be installed at the Ed Wiest Memorial Field Tuesday at their regular meeting.

Patricia Dorsey, Director of the City of Brawley Parks and Recreation Department, along with Brawley Union High School Athletic Director, Billy Brewer, gave a small presentation of the scoreboard project with photos of the work being done.

“We have cut down the scoreboard,” said Brewer. “We are preparing to put in the largest scoreboard in the Imperial Valley. It is 28 feet wide. It will say Rabobank on the bottom and Brawley at the top and just above Ed Wiest Memorial Field. It’s georgous and you’ll be very happy when it is all said and done.”

Rabobank contributed $13,000 and Eddie Wiest gave a matching gift of $13,000 to the project.

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Rabobank officials present check to Mayor Donnie Wharton

“This is a testament to Rabobank’s commitment to the community,” said Randy Taylor, vice president of Rabobank. “Most all of us grew up in the Imperial Valley community. We are all family and friends. We want everyone to know that Rabobank considers this a very valuable asset and that we are not going anywhere. We are honored and privileged to donate to such a worthy cause.”

Mayor Donnie Wharton said, “I just want to say that we realize that these dollars are precious dollars thoughtfully donated by these partners. This scoreboard will be utilized and enjoyed by many for years to come.”

Eddie Wiest, Brawley, is the grandson of Ed Wiest, who initially built the locally famous field.

“My grandfather and some other Brawley citizens started this field with their own funds and manpower back in 1970,” said Wiest. “There were about 150 seats in the stands with little brass plates that dedicated the field to the City of Brawley. It has long since been replaced, but I’m proud to carry on this legacy.”