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Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament

In 1991, several mothers from the Pottsville area of Schuylkill County were watching their children play tee ball, sharing stories of their own experiences with a bat and glove, when the idea of playing a game of softball as a charity benefit began to form. A member of the group was actively involved as a local Make-A-Wish® volunteer and the connection was made: the first Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament was held and raised $2,000.

Twenty-five years later, a few of the original players and many new additional recruits continue the annual tradition of a week-long softball tournament to raise funds for Make-A-Wish.  These dedicated women conduct fundraising activities such as basket bingos, lottery calendar sales, donut sales, dine out events, poker runs, dinner and theme dances, and more as individual teams throughout the year. They have raised more than $500,000 collectively since the tournament’s inception. This year the 2016 event was held at the Minersville Area Little League Complex from July 22-31, 2016. This fantastic event raised $110,914 to help grant the wishes of local Schuylkill County children with life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Pictured here are Abrams Angels team members with wish kid Kristen.

  • All the teams together to show their dedication and support to Make-A-Wish.

  • Members of the Beer Mountain Slammers.

  • Bubby's Babes team members on the field.

  • The official 25th Annual Mom's for Make-A-Wish T-shirt.

  • A great day for softball.

  • A Blue Mountain Family Chiropractic team member enjoying the tournament.

  • Getting ready to make a pitch.

  • Wish families, friends and volunteers gathered for the softball tournament.

  • The Schuylkill Center Slammers team photo.

  • Members of the Silly Sluggers team on the field.

  • Taking a swing to victory!

  • The Wild Things holding their tournament trophy high for all to see.

  • Softball players in the dugout.

  • Werner Lady Lumber member ready to take the next swing.

  • Tony's Cage Kickers team photo with their trophy.

  • Twisted Sisters team photo.

  • Perfect view from the batter's cage.

  • Team members from the Werner Lady Lumber.

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