The Stonewell Development Society – a non-profit group behind the effort to construct an outdoor waterpark next to Rotary Lake – organized a second annual baseball tournament to raise money for the project. Johanna Kunz, project manager CEO of the society, said the tournament will be played in a fun format where each time a team wins a game they will be given a playing card, and the team with the best poker hand at the end of the tournament wins.
“It takes out the competition part, because we want to make it a really fun ball tournament,” said Kunz. “If you’re not the best ball player, you can just come out and have a great time, have a lot of fun and support a worthwhile project.”
The tournament begins on Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It costs $150 per team to register for the entire weekend, and interested teams can do so by calling Kelly Svennson at 250-219-5779. Kunz said anyone who wants to play but doesn’t have a team should call Svennson to see if a team can be organized.
Also, for every team that registers, the society will fill up a backpack full of school supplies to be donated to students who need them.
For those who are not interested in entering the tournament but who want to support the waterpark project, there will be lots of other activities going on throughout the weekend. Kunz said beer gardens will be open from noon until midnight on Saturday, and that evening, spectators will be treated to a performance by What the Moon Brings, winner of the Battle of the Bands contest at this year’s Grizfest.
“Even if people aren’t involved in the ball tournament, we’re encouraging people to come down and just take part, watch the ball games, come through our beer gardens and listen to the band,” she said.
She added there will be many more games and contests games such as a home run contest, a silent auction, relays and 50/50 draws, as well as treats and activities for children, including face painting.
Mr. Mikes and Boston Pizza will be on site serving up hot food during the tournament. Camping for the weekend is being offered on the Lakota Agriplex grounds.
Kunz said right now the society has raised about $50,000 towards the goal of $400,000 to complete the waterpark project. She said they had great success fundraising earlier this year at the wine festival they hosted at the Bear Mountain Ski Hill in June, and through the partnership with this year’s Bushstock music festival in July, and she said those events and the baseball tournament are examples of the kind of events she would like to happen annually.
“My goal is to set up fundraisers that consistently happen throughout the entire year, so at every event we can build on the momentum from the previous year.”
She added the baseball tournament last year raised $4,000 and received a very positive response from participants, so she expects it will do very well again this year.
More information on the Stonewell Development Society and the Mr. Mikes Kinsmen Community Waterpark Project can be found online at www.communitywaterpark.org. Kunz said they are always eager to have new members get involved with the society.