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Batting against Breast Cancer raises $122,000

By: Andrew Szekeres

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:28 am

(Right) Jenna (left) and Leisha (right) are about to take to the field for the Durty Sox team at the Batting Against Breast Cancer tournament. The Batting Against Breast Cancer tournament was held on Aug. 9 at the Chinook Winds Ball Diamonds. More than $120,000 was raised.
(Right) Jenna (left) and Leisha (right) are about to take to the field for the Durty Sox team at the Batting Against Breast Cancer tournament. The Batting Against Breast Cancer tournament was held on Aug. 9 at the Chinook Winds Ball Diamonds. More than $120,000 was raised.
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The sixth annual Batting Against Breast Cancer slo-pitch tournament saw more than 26 teams with over 350 people come together at the Chinook Winds Ball Diamonds on August 9. Together they raised $122,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Prairies and Northwest Territories region.

“It was a huge success again, even bigger than last year,” Development Officer of the foundation, Laura Reynolds said.

“We can’t say a big enough thank you for those who participated.”

The tournament raised more than $122,000 this year, up $34,000 from the previous year.

“Donations are still coming in too,” Reynolds said. “It’s a great thing when you see all these people coming together against cancer.”

The slo-pitch tournament saw more than 350 people register to compete. To compete, a team of 10 to 15 people must raise at least $2,500.

“The great thing is that anyone can play,” Reynolds said.

“There were experienced people and people just starting out playing, it’s really just for fun to play.”

The top three fundraising teams were Mitts for Tits with $13,314.11, Diamond Divas with $13,090 and Promotional Bridge Breast Friends with $8,456.85.

Promotional Bridge Breast Friends’ team captain, Lindsay Beyko was happy to return to play this year.

“This is our third year doing it and we love coming back,” Beyko said.

“Playing together and raising money for the same cause was really inspirational.”

Beyko’s team finished third overall in fundraising. Beyko said that cancer can affect anyone, and her aunt is a survivor of breast cancer.

“We really just found out about this tournament and thought it was a wicked cause,” Beyko said.

The prize for the first place fundraising team was a trophy made by Hilmar Venture, Newbury spa gift certificates and houseboat getaway provided by Waterway Houseboats. Second place received Newbury gift certificates and third place received passes to play paintball/airsoft at Capture the Flag Paintball & Airsoft.

Cheering on the Airdrie team, the Spit Balls was Emily Blais, whose friends were competing.

“This is honestly (some) of the most fun I’ve had raising money for a cause,” Blais said.

“It’s a fun way to bring the community together while watching friends play.”

Blais said her team raised a few thousand dollars and she wants to participate again next year.

“It really gets you in the spirit,” Blais said. “We’ll be sure to come back for as long as this tournament is around.”

The dates are not set for next year’s tournament, but Reynolds said that it is never too early to start preparing.

“We really want this fundraiser to continue to grow,” Reynolds said.

“It’s a great way for companies and friends to come together to support the cause, plus it gives them a year to start fundraising the money.”

Prizes were also given out to teams who raised the most money, winning teams and best dressed.

“One of the funniest things about this tournament is seeing all the guys going all out on the pink,” Blais said.

“There’s pink shirts, capes, even mohawks.”

For more information, contact Reynolds at 403-209-2233 or lreynolds@cbcf.org


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