Dubois Children’s Educational fund gets boost
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.
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.
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.
Allen Buzzell holding his baby girl Clara at the Ball Tournament.