Dubois Chil­dren’s Ed­u­ca­tional fund gets boost

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mulholland, Stanstead

Stanstead en­joyed its’ first soft­ball tour­na­ment in over three years this past week­end. The Dan Dubois Me­mo­rial Soft­ball Tour­na­ment be­gan Fri­day evening at 6:00 p.m. and ran through the week­end, ter­mi­nat­ing with the last of its’ 36 games be­ing played Sun­day evening at 7:00 p.m.. The tour­na­ment was or­ga­nized in

mem­ory of Dan Dubois, a young lo­cal man who lost his life ear­lier this year, leav­ing be­hind two young chil­dren. The tour­na­ment was or­ga­nized by fel­low mem­bers of the Stanstead Men’s Soft­ball League, of which Dubois was a long­stand­ing mem­ber. The pro­ceeds of the tour­na­ment were slated to be placed in trust for an ed­u­ca­tional fund for Dubois’ chil­dren. The rev­elry lasted the whole week­end, with dances be­ing held af­ter the matches on both Fri­day and Satur­day evenings.

True to form, Stanstead came through for their fel­low cit­i­zens, with a huge spec­ta­tor turnout and 18 teams reg­is­tered. The many en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers and the ded­i­ca­tion of the or­ga­niz­ers was matched by the gen­eros­ity of the soft­ball play­ers. Each of the six win­ning teams do­nated their prize money to the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional fund as well. Com­bined with the pro- ceeds of can­tine food sales and var­i­ous raf­fles, the to­tal net pro­ceeds were ap­prox­i­mately $9,000.

Ben Kramer, one of the event or­ga­niz­ers, spoke of his plea­sure at the public’s sup­port and the pos­i­tive at­mos­phere at the tour­na­ment. The feed­back he has re­ceived to date has been 100% pos­i­tive, he claims, and the League is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing the tour­na­ment an an­nual event and con­tin­u­ing its’ ef­forts to sup­port Dubois’s chil­dren. Kramer also spoke of the many vol­un­teers who do­nated their time, from score­keep­ers, can­tine op­er­a­tors, bar­be­cue chef’s, D.J.’S and elec­tri­cians, many of whom pitched in to help out on very short no­tice. The list was ex­haus­tive and the ef­forts of each were ap­pre­ci­ated greatly. The League, spec­ta­tors, and friends of Dubois, could not help but ac­knowl­edge the public’s sup­port and the gen­eros­ity of spirit Stanstead demon­strated, once again, in sup­port of its’ lo­cal res­i­dents.

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Julie Chau­vette along with her chil­dren Mila and Em­rik re­ceived a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque pre­sented by Wil­liam Cross who acted as the Um­pire dur­ing the tour­na­ment while Dan Dubois’ mother looked on.

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Pa­trick Gau­thier (far right), Pat Proulx, busy in the back, and an awe­some gang of girls worked in the Can­teen dur­ing the tour­na­ment. Thank yous go out to all for their great help.

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Allen Buzzell hold­ing his baby girl Clara at the Ball Tour­na­ment.

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