Organizers of slo-pitch event hope to hit it out of the park
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am
Back for its fifth year in Airdrie the Batting Against Breast Cancer slo-pitch tournament and fundraiser is happening on Aug. 9 at Chinook Winds Ballpark and organizers are expecting the biggest event yet.
“In previous years, we’ve been around the 17 to 18 teams range,” said Laura Reynolds, event organizer and development officer with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies and Northwest Territories Regions.
“We’re thrilled with the growth this year and have 26 teams registered.”
She said she’s not sure why there is a jump in registered teams this year but suspects it’s because word is spreading about the fun of the event and the good cause it supports.
“I think everyone has a lot of fun and we have a lot of teams come back year-after-year,” she said. “And the cause obviously touches a lot of people.”
Reynolds said the event is more than just a round-robin slo-pitch tournament, it is a fun-filled day for the whole family.
“It’s a full day of events,” she said.
“There’s the round-robin tournament throughout the day but we also have a family fun area with a bouncy castle and face painting.
“There’s a free pancake breakfast provided by Smitty’s with coffee donated by Van Houttee.”
The breakfast runs from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the ballpark.
She said the tournament is also about having fun and not about competition.
“We really just focus on the fun aspect,” she said. “We have a little prize for the top tournament team and we also have a lot of prizes for fundraising.”
Each team of 10 to 15 people is required to raise a minimum of $2,500 and the top fundraising team could win a houseboat trip from Waterway Houseboats and the top individual fundraiser will win a prize package for a trip for four to Jasper from Via Rail and Jasper Raft Tours.
Last year the event raised $88,000, a number Reynolds hopes to see increase this year.
“We’re basically just hoping to grow that number and raise more than we did in previous years,” she said.
Though registration for participating teams closes on Aug. 1, she encourages people to come out to the event and support the players.
“It’s going to be a fun time. There will be lots to see and do,” she said.
“We definitely welcome (the public’s) support encouraging the teams and the event itself.”
Reynolds said the event wouldn’t be possible without support from the City, sponsors including presenting sponsor Mattamy Homes and the public.
“Mattamy has been really supportive and is the presenting sponsor for the third year in a row,” she said, adding she loves working with the City to facilitate the use of the ballpark and make the event a success.
For more information, visit www.cbcf.org/prairies