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Celebrity Softball Tournament to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Association

by and on March 17, 2018 4:45 AM

The inaugural David’s Dreamers Celebrity Softball Tournament, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, will be held Saturday, May 5, at Hess Field in State College.  

Twelve teams will participate in the tournament, which will features a double elimination format. It will last all day, with a celebrity home-run derby at noon.

Participating celebrities from the world of sports will include former Penn State football and NFL players Josh Hull and Wally Richardson, former Philadelphia Eagle Jaqua Parker and current Nittany Lions coaches Terry Smith, Jeff Campersal and Pat Chambers.

Local radio and television personalities competing in the event will include 93.7 The Bus’ Jeff Brown, ESPN Radio’s Cory Geiger, Alex Hazzard of WTAJ-TV, Aimee Lewis of WJAC and more.

Mike Mister has worked to raise money for various causes over the last three years, but he started David’s Dreamers, a local Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, when the disease struck close to home. The team is named after a Mister's friend, a Hall of Fame Special Olympian who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“When I first started working with him, he was quick,” said Mister. “If I had something to say to him, he had a (wiseguy) answer to give it back to me, but the Alzheimer's literally just drained all that out of him.

"Half the time, he doesn’t know where he’s at anymore, so it’s really kind of personal to me.”

David will be in attendance at the tournament and will throw out the first pitch.

All the money the team raises this year will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Mister plans on continuing to raise money for the cause from now on, with the occasional small project to benefit other groups.

With the success that the softball tournament has already shown, raising over a quarter of its $20,000 goal with just under two months left before any softballs are hit, Mister is planning on making it an annual event.

According to Mister, the most exciting thing that’s happened since he came up with the tournament idea is "just to see it explode like it has.”

“I expected it to be just a softball tournament; maybe it will make $3,000 to $4,000, and it’s already made that and beyond. I’m from Baltimore; it’s a big city. I’ve lived here for six years, and the sense of community here is just night and day from being in a big city” he said. "Everybody is willing to help.”

As the tournament grows, Mister hopes to continue to raise the excitement level.

“It’s growing, and I hope next year — we’re already planning next year’s game — we’re going to move it to a different site and we’re hoping it turns into an even bigger event,” said Mister. “Maybe at some point we’ll get it over at Medlar Field or something.”

David’s Dreamers is still looking for more sponsors to support the tournament. A list of sponsorship options at a range of prices can be found by reaching out to the team’s Facebook page.  There also will be a free game-day magazine, featuring player bios and a list of sponsors, handed out during the tournament, and pages in the publication are available for purchase.

Fans attending the tournament can help raise money by buying tickets and food and participating in a raffle. Gifts also are being accepted on the team’s www.alz.org page.

For more information, email [email protected] or call (814) 482-8305.

 



This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.



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