Surprise for one deserving Phils fan

TACONY - October 30, 2009


At Edwin Forrest Elementary School this morning, the 5th graders cheered for another Phillies World Series win. 11-year-old Lajuane Joe was cheering his heart out. He had no idea of the big surprise to come.

Then, Officer Bill Schneider who runs the police athletic league programs in his neighborhood called him up front and introduced him to a man he had never met who was about to make his dream come true.

Matt Rutkowsky owns Pennygreen Landscaping, a South Jersey landscaping company, and could take one of his young sons to the game, but instead, for the second year in a row, he is giving away his two seats to the World Series, game four, Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"I've done it before and it's worth it. You're going to live with it forever," Rutkowsky said.

Modell's even provided Phillies gear for the game.

When Officer Schneider of the donations, he immediately thought of Lajuane.

"He's made leaps and bounds in the years he has been with PAL. As young as he is he almost has become a leader amongst the little kids," Officer Bill Schneider said.

Lajuane had only a few words to describe the feeling.

"Amazing, fantastic and amazing," Lajuane said.

Lajuane's dad is an electrician who's been out of work since May. He was overcome by Rutkowsky's generosity.

"Yankees, Phillies. This is crazy. I'm happy for my son, I'm happy I'm that I could be a part of this, I can't thank this man (Rutkowsky) enough, I really appreciate it," Lajuane Joe, Sr. said.

"Lajuane is a good kid. Good kids deserve to get rewarded, not just a pat on the back," Rutkowsky said.



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