FRANKLIN — This year marks the 20th annual double-elimination tournament to begin on Wednesday, September 18 at Odell Park in Franklin. With over $49,000 raised for local charities in the prior 19 years, plans for the 20th Annual Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament are now underway. Team registration deadline is Friday, August 16.
Last year, the 2012 tournament hosted a record number of co-ed teams where Sisti Law Offices was crowned the tournament champions after defeating second place winners, Franklin Savings Bank. Succah Punch took home third place honors. Others that put up a good fight for the good cause were: Byron's Septic, Beauchine's, Bickford's Landscape & Design, Chrissy's Paw Spa, Delta Dental, Dirty Dogz, Elektrisola, Harbour Enterprises, Merrimack County Department of Corrections, PatrAngie Mold, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Park 'N Go Swingers and Watts Water Technologies.
Voting for the charity of choice to receive proceeds from this special 20th tournament year took place at Franklin Savings Bank and on the bank's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. The votes have been counted and this year's tournament proceeds will benefit Central NH Chem-Free after prom and after graduation celebrations.
Organizations receiving donations from the Tournament in years prior include: local walking trails (the Northern Rail Trail, WOW - Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee -Trail, Winnipesaukee River Trail, and the Odell Park River Trail); local homeless shelters; local food pantries; the American Cancer Society; American Red Cross; local DARE programs; Franklin VNA & NANA; local Hospice programs; Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity; Make-A-Wish NH; the NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse; the Relay for Life; the American Diabetes Association; the Aaron Robert Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund; Mix 94.1 FM Cash-N-Cans; local animal shelters; the MacDonald Family Scholarship Fund; and the Odell Park concession stand rebuilding effort.
All proceeds are earned through the $150 team entry fee, concession stand profits, and donations. Additionally, a significant amount of the charity donation comes from the annual raffle. Donations of items and gift certificates from community individuals and businesses are more than welcome and are currently being collected. In exchange for the donation, FSB will gratefully acknowledge all donations with public recognition.