From Friday, July 24, to Sunday, August 2, the 24th Annual Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament helped to make wishes come true at the Minersville Little League Complex in eastern Pennsylvania. Nine wish kids and their families were in attendance on opening night. The tournament was particularly special to three of the kids, who had their wishes sponsored by the event in previous years. Plenty of non-moms also contributed to opening night’s success, with Shenandoah Valley Middle School student, Jacqueline Bubnis, singing the National Anthem and local Pastor, Storm Hutchison, who provided invocation. Seventeen teams competed in this year's event.
Entertainment was provided throughout the tournament and a basket raffle was held to raise additional funds. Prizes included numerous tech products, a portable grille, lottery tickets and more. This year‘s teams included Abram’s Angels, Auburn VFW Warriors, Beer Mountain Slammers, Blue Mountain Family Chiro, Brookside Bombshells, Buddy’s Babes, Genesis Schuylkill Slammers, Herricane’s, Lumber Jack and Jill, New Minersville FireHouse Bikers, Psycho’s, Silly Sluggers, Tony’s Cagekickers, Twisted Sister, Werner Lady Lumber and WILDTHINGS.
This annual tournament was started in 1991, when several mothers from the Pottsville area of Schuylkill County were watching their children play tee ball and sharing stories of their own softball experiences. They came up with the idea of playing a game of softball as a charity benefit. 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. To date, the softball teams involved have raised more than $500,000. Early estimates indicate that this year's Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament raised more than $100,000, which will help grant the wishes of more than 20 wish children. Proceeds are raised at the tournament and various fundraising events held by the teams throughout the year.