FRANKLIN — This year marks the 21st annual double-elimination tournament to begin on Wednesday, September 17th at Odell Park in Franklin. With over $54,000 raised for local charities in the prior 20 years, plans for the 21st Annual Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament are now underway. Team registration deadline is Friday, August 15th.
Last year, the 2013 tournament hosted thirteen co-ed teams where Byron's Septic was crowned the tournament champions after defeating second place winners, Franklin Savings Bank. Sisti Law Offices took home third place honors. Others that put up a good fight for the good cause were: Park N' Go Markets, Beauchine's Auto, Spaulding Youth Center, Scared Hitless, NB Hardscape and Mason, Patrick's Pub, Chem Free Crushers, Elektrisola, Dirty Dogz and PatrAngie.
The monies raised during this year's tournament will benefit local community centers. Organizations receiving donations from the Tournament in years prior include: local high school Chem-Free celebrations, 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 $200 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 provide public recognition for donations.
This year businesses will have an opportunity to advertise their products or services on the Annual FSB Charity Softball Tournament Business Card Board. For just $10, submit a business card-size advertisement to be displayed near the concession stand throughout the tournament.
The Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament began in 1994 after a discussion about a charity tournament being held on MTV. Each year since, the tournament has had an overwhelming response with many teams returning each year and new teams asking to join in the fun.
More information and tournament updates will be posted at the bank's web site at fsbnh.com and on the FSB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. You can also follow the Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fsbsoftball.
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