ROWLAND — Heavy rain in Robeson County has forced a one-day delay in a celebration to honor Vonta Leach, a member of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Leach announced Saturday’s postponement on Twitter just after 8 a.m. today.
The three-hour celebration has been moved to Sunday at 3 p.m. with a procession down Main Street. The town expects eight floats, cheerleaders, three bands and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke football team to be part of the parade. After the parade, the event will continue at the Rowland Ballpark on McCormick Street.
The town is still accepting donations to pay for the event. After the bills are paid, any money remaining will go to the Vonta Leach Foundation.
“We have 38 sponsors and we’ve earned enough to pay for the event,” Councilman Paul Hunt said. “The remainder is going to the Foundation. So far we’ve raised $7,375. We hope to at least give Vonta a couple thousand dollars.”
Leach is ready to put that money to work.
“It will help me continue doing what I’m doing with my foundation,” Leach said. “We can give various funds to schools throughout the year. The money earned will get cycled right back into the community.”
Leach says he plans to interact with fans at the parade’s conclusion and may “play catch with the kids” at the park.
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