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Sussex County Miners Commemorate 30th Anniversary of Skylands Stadium

Sussex County Miners Commemorate 30th Anniversary of Skylands Stadium

Sussex County, NJ, April 2024 – The Sussex County Miners Community First mission embodies the team’s commitment to leveraging the unifying power of baseball to champion community causes and enrich the lives of those within the Sussex County area. The initiative is a robust program of themed games and events dedicated to supporting a specific social cause or local organization.

This strategic endeavor not only raises awareness and funds for important issues but also honors individuals and organizations making a difference. Central to the Miners’ mission is fostering a spirit of togetherness, celebration, and giving back, ensuring that each game serves a purpose beyond the sport, contributing positively to the fabric of the community.


AUGUSTA, NJ, UNITED STATES, April 11, 2024 / — To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Skylands Park, Al Dorso, owner of Skylands Stadium and the Sussex County Miners, and Rob Hilliard, the ballpark’s founder and developer, are collaborating on a charity auction of Hilliard’s sports memorabilia. Proceeds will benefit SCARC, an area non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and the non-profit University of Virginia Club of Northern NJ.

The auction is being held in two phases: an initial on-line phase, accessed via from April 16 to June 9, and an in-person “silent” phase at Skylands Stadium June 14 and 15, when the Frontier League’s Miners take on the Evansville Otters.

“I have always been community-oriented and believe in ‘paying it forward,’” said Hilliard. “My older son, Jeffrey, really came out of his social shell during our family’s years in Sussex County. He was part of SCARC’s clean-up crew at Skylands Park and became a good-luck charm for the ’94 New Jersey Cardinals during the club’s championship season by doing the “Y-M-C-A” and “Macarena” on the home dugout during our traditional 7th inning stretch.”

What would Fathers’ Day weekend be without dad and his family attending a baseball game? In the northwest corner of New Jersey, the Sussex County Miners and Skylands Stadium are perfect together.”
— Rob Hilliard, founder/developer of Skylands Park in Sussex County, NJ

Hilliard’s approach as Skylands’ first leader has been taken to the next level by the Sussex County Miners, whose Community-First series is a robust program of themed games, each dedicated to supporting a specific social cause or local organization. The SCARC Foundation, primary beneficiary of the charity auction, dovetails perfectly.

“SCARC has had a long tradition of involvement with community baseball,” said Foundation CEO Chris Hemmer. “We’re pleased to be a part of the celebration and fortunate to benefit from the efforts of Al Dorso, Rob Hilliard, Vin Sangemino and the Skylands/Miners team.

Auction items range from one-of-a-kind pieces from Hilliard’s time as a member of New Jersey Cardinals’ ownership group, to autographed limited edition lithographs from international Formula One auto racing he acquired while working in metro Detroit. “There’s something for every participant, from yearbooks and team trading-card sets of the 1994 New Jersey Cardinals to game-worn jerseys and autographed photos from some of the biggest Major League stars of yesteryear.”

A Jersey City native and former resident of Vernon Township now living in Charlottesville, Hilliard will also be marking his 50th Reunion Weekend at the University of Virginia at the end of May. “I was fortunate to have spent time as president of the UVA Club of Michigan, so I’m pleased to help the UVA Club of Northern NJ serve prospective and current students, their parents and fellow University of Virginia alumni.”

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The Sussex County Miners are one of sixteen teams to play in the Frontier League, the oldest continually running independent league in the United States and a Major League Baseball Partner League.  The Miners play a 96-game schedule from May to early September, and their 48 scheduled home games are at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ.