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David's Dreamers Celebrity Softball Tournament Returns to Support Alzheimer’s Association

by and on May 09, 2019 10:32 AM

On May 11, the second annual David’s Dreamers Celebrity Softball Tournament will be held at Oak Hall Regional Softball Complex in Boalsburg. The tournament is being held to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The tournament will last all day, starting early in the morning, with a celebrity home run derby event held at noon followed by a challenge baseball game played by local athletes with special needs.

The celebrities that will be in attendance this year are made up of local radio and television personalities, a few coaches and athletes. A few names include Forever Media’s Jerry Valeri, Jeff Brown of 99.5 The Bus, Penn State women’s soccer head coach Erica Dambach and former NFL players Justin Kurpeikis and Juqua Parker.


The tournament’s new addition, the kick-off dinner, is scheduled for Friday at the Nittany Valley Event Center in Pleasant Gap.

Those in attendance will be able to meet with the tournament’s local celebrities. Country musician Josh Gallagher will be holding a private concert at the dinner.

Tickets are still available and the $45 price goes into the final total of the tournament.


Mike Mister has worked to raise money for various causes over the last four 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.

David Thompson, a Hall of Fame Special Olympian with Down Syndrome and a friend of Mister, contracted Alzheimer’s and it took his personality away. David threw out the first pitch of last year’s tournament, which ended up raising $14,578.23.

David unfortunately passed away in November 2018, but Mister is continuing David’s Dreamers in his memory.

Last year’s tournament was a success and, including other events, David’s Dreamers raised more than $15,700 in 2018. This year’s goal is $20,000.

“From everything I’ve gathered, everybody had a great time with it (last year),” said Mister. “All the celebrities seem to have a great time and it’s picking up some steam. On the Facebook page people have talked about how great a time (last year’s tournament) was. It seemed to be a big hit.”

The biggest thing Mister said he is excited for this year is the reason he started the team in the first place.

“(I’m looking forward to) just getting out there to celebrate Dave’s life a little bit,” said Mister. “Most of the people that are there have heard of or been touched by David in some way. I’m looking forward to everybody coming out and having a good time and continue to raise money for a cause that needs to be addressed.”


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

If you would like to learn more about the tournament or to ask about becoming a sponsor, like the David’s Dreamers Celebrity Softball Tournament page on Facebook or contact Mister by email at [email protected] or by phone at (814) 482-8305. For more about Walk to End Alzheimer’s visit


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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