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A group of 100 local Special Olympics athletes and people staying at the Emergency Support Shelter are heading to Seattle on Memorial Day to see the Mariners.

Longtime Kelso barber Bill Ammons, who is organizing the event, said the Mariners gave him about 500 tickets this season to give to local kids.

“I love doing it. I’m so excited for Monday I can’t even hardly see straight,” Ammons said Thursday.

Former longshoreman Jerry Ford helped raise $1,600 from ILWU Local 21. The funds will cover rental vans and food at the event, Ammons said.

Waste Control and Bill Moran also helped raise money for the event, he said.

“Last year we sent 100 kids and they had a ball,” Ford said. “This is something these kids will never forget all their lives.”

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