The community came together last Saturday afternoon to help equip the Greenwood Grizzlies—the ball team for kids in Grade K to 5. Kevin Thorlakson of the Greenwood Saloon provided the pool table for a double-knockout tournament that brought out 14 players. Rob Payne is the coach for the team and Beth and Scott MacDonald threw their support behind the effort. Beth took on the role of Fundraiser, while relegating her husband Scott to the position of Assistant Fundraiser.
Businesses up and down the street in Greenwood contributed door prizes that were given out through the afternoon. There were trophies for the winner and runner-up donated by Gina Kucher of Body Works Massage Therapy and the winner of the tournament took home a pool cue that was provided by JoAnne Marien at Copper Eagle Cappuccino and Bakery.
Raffle tickets were sold through the afternoon for three main prizes: a golf bag signed by the members of last years’ Edmonton Eskimos football team that Scott’s brother-in-law had won last year in a golf tournament. The second was a Montana Silver pendant necklace donated by Ingram Saddlery, and third was a NFL football jersey.
Rob said that the money raised will help provide bats, helmets, bags and maybe, if they can raise enough money, jerseys for the kids. There are actually two teams—Grade K-2 has 12 members and the Grade 3-5 team has 14. They practice every Tuesday on the Greenwood ball diamond and have games on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in either Rock Creek or Midway.
“A bunch of good people show up here and it is always fun,” said Scott. “And looking at the jars I am pretty happy about what goes on here. It’s a good thing for the kids. That’s the only reason I am playing, otherwise I’d be at home doing yard work so thank goodness for the kids.”
“And a big thank you to local Greenwood businesses and residents who supported the kids too,” added Rob.
Results of the day were: 1st Place Pool – Ed Robinson; 2nd Place Pool – Shilo Freer; 1st place in draw prizes was Scott MacDonald (he won the Edmonton Eskimos Golf Bag, which he has donated back to the Greenwood Kids Baseball to sell online); 2nd place was Joyce Oliver (she won the beautiful pendant necklace that was donated by Ingram Saddlery); 3rd place prize was won by Lee Cudworth (he won the NFL football jersey, which he also donated to the Greenwood Kids Baseball to be sold online).
Beth said that all the money raised from the online sales would be donated to the Greenwood Grizzlies Kids Baseball.
Dave Morrison won the 50/50.