2011 8th Annual

OPENING CEREMONIES:  The 8th Annual Opening Ceremonies added a new twist – with a Flash Mob (orchestrated by Erin Axt, one of Rachel’s best friends) entertained those enjoying the Pickerel Fish Fry, waiting for the Tournament to begin! The Flashmob began when a handful of singers on stage began singing the song Seasons of Love, from the musical Rent.  It was a lovely surprise when out of the audience over 30 of Rachel’s family and friends joined in the rendition of Seasons of Love, holding photos of Rachel!  The song was one of Rachel’s favourites and was a perfect fit for this 8th Annual Tournament.  

RACH-8th-Annual-Opening-Ceremonies-Seasons-Of-Love-Flash-MobAs well, on hand was Norm Miller, local MPP to congratulate the Tournament on such success with the Tournament.  Joanne Higgins also made a lovely tribute to a local man who had been a big part of the In-Memory-of-Doug-GignacTournament, and who lost his battle with cancer this year – Doug Gignac.  A local men’s choir sang Oh Canada and James Bisson threw the opening pitch after sharing the story of his ongoing battle with cancer and his fight to make a difference!

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:    The 3 day event of course included 3-Pitch Baseball with 32 teams, including a Friday night Fish Fry, two nights of live entertainment, the ever-popular Silent Auction, BBQ/Concession, Canadian Blood ServicesWhat’s Your Type booth, Fireworks and the Beer Tent! 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN BEER TENT:  Friday Night – we introduced a Toronto band New Hollywood – and the crowd was thrilled!  Then on Saturday night another new band entertained us – The Travelling Beer Bellies!  Both bands were well received…and everyone enjoyed dancing the nights away!

PHOTOS:  This is just one of the memories from the weekend. Click on the photo and see Tournament photos on our RACH Fund Facebook Group page.  2011-Flying-High-With-An-Angel-In-The-OutfieldPlease feel free to add any others that you may have to this year’s Tournament or any of our other Tournaments!

SPECIAL NOTES:   This year there were two additions to help raise money – a raffle for a quilt, and Pledge Sheets for players and participants!  The quilt was donated by Jack Smith of Sarnia and won by Bob & Heather O’Neill of Downeyville – and raised over $2000!  The Pledge Sheets, although not many participated – raised over $3000 !!  A special thank you to Michael Gilchrist and Spencer Segula for raising over $900 each!! We are looking forward to continuing the Pledge Sheet program…and know with more awareness – that this fun and easy way to raise money will make a difference in years to come!  As well, the Spirit Award was re-introduced by Joanne Higgins and this year was awarded at the family Mass held overlooking Georgian Bay – and was given to Connie Cussons, one of the oldest volunteers at the Tournament!  2011-Spirit-Award-Recipient-Connie-CussonsConnie is 91 years old, and for the past 5 years has baked at least 5 homemade apple pies for the fish fry – as well as being one of the biggest fans – watching her family and their friends participate in the Tournament!  Congratulations Connie!

Also, this year at the Family Mass held after each Tournament at the Higgins’ residence, Father Jim Higgins read a piece given to him by Rachel’s grandmother, Margaret O’Neill.  It is thought-provoking and we wanted to share it with you, please read….The Paradox of Our Time in History
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Many Thanks