Allen LaFleur Tournament of Hope celebrating 10 years of slo-pitch for great causes this weekend

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TAYLOR, B.C. – Slo-pitch players taking cat naps will be a common sight at the Taylor ball diamonds this weekend during the 10th Annual Allen LaFleur Tournament of Hope.

The tournament kicks off with three games on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., with the remaining 85 games being played ‘round the clock until the last pitch is thrown on Sunday evening. The tournament is named in memorium for Allen LaFleur.

LaFleur started the tournament ten years ago to raise money for Mark Sutherland, who was then 5 years old and was battling cancer. Though LaFleur lost his own battle with sinus cancer in 2009, the tournament named in his honour has raised nearly $100,000 over the span of nine years to help members of the community in northeastern B.C. are their families who are battling cancer.

Allen’s widow Velma Alexander says that 40 teams and nearly 500 players will be competing in this year’s tournament. Alexander says that roughly $17,000 was raised last year, and organizers hope to exceed that figure to help Raymond Auger and Karsten Mayinger with their battles against cancer.

Alexander says that in addition to the Home Run Derby, this year’s tournament will feature a Dunk Tank, as well as a concession, silent auction and 50/50 draws. She adds that all members of the public are welcome to join in the festivities at the ball diamonds, and that the concession will be open for anyone craving a midnight snack all weekend long.

The three final games of the tournament begin on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.