Fundraiser Monday for Dallara Memorial

Published 4:08 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

Work has begun on memorial at Harmon Field

SPARTANBURG—Work has begun on the Dallara project at Harmon Field in Tryon and a fundraiser is scheduled for Monday at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

The Harry Dallara Memorial Foundation fundraiser will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Harley Room at Wofford College.

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The featured speaker will be Ray Tanner, who is the athletic director at the University of South Carolina, who was the baseball coach at USC when they were college World Series champions in 2010 and 2011.

The fundraiser will include dinner with a minimum donation of $25.

The Dallara project began recently with improvements being made to the baseball field at Harmon Field. The Dallara project also donated $20,000 to the Harmon Field playground, which was installed this week and is scheduled to open to the public this weekend.

The Harry Dallara Memorial Foundation was established to honor the life of Harry Anthony Joseph Dallara, who died in 2012. Dallara grew up in the Bronx and moved to Spartanburg after serving in World War II. In the 1950s, Dallara discovered Tryon and Harmon Field, where he spent many Sunday afternoons playing baseball with his family and friends.

He played his last game of baseball at Harmon Field at the age of 95, in the spring of 2012, just before his death.

The Dallara project at Harmon Field will include renovations to one of Harmon Field’s three baseball diamonds, including new fencing and gates, a new scoreboard and landscaping to create a park-like atmosphere. The project will also include a bronze statue of Dallara inspired by a photograph of Dallara hitting baseball at the age of 92. Tryon native sculptor William Behrends will create the statue. Behrends will also design a bas-relief sculpture to honor the Tryon All Stars, a semi-professional African-American baseball team formed in the 1940s. At that time, the Tryon All Stars, because of segregation, were not allowed to play at Harmon Field.

Phase I of the project is nearing completion and phase II is scheduled to be complete in the spring with a soft opening of the field.

The Dallara Foundation has raised more than $400,000 over the last six years for the improvements to Harmon Field.

For more information about the Dallara Project, people can visit

Contact Gale Hagan-Gayta at (212)-908-2766 or to RSVP or make a donation.