CORRECTION: The previous version of this article may have insinuated that the tournament was organized by the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. The Arnie Isberg Memorial Tournament is actually organized by members of Team Sumo of the the Fort St. John Mixed Slo-Pitch League. According to one of the tournament’s organizers Kerri Laurin, several of the team’s members are on a tournament committee that actually runs the tournament.
TAYLOR, B.C. — Officials with the Arnie Isberg Memorial 1-Pitch Tournament organizing committee say that they have exceeded their fundraising goal for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation during last weekend’s tournament in Taylor.
Becky Pruden, one of the tournament’s organizer that works at the Foundation says that 24 teams came out to compete in this year’s tournament, though there were also an additional 12 teams on standby in case one of them had to drop out. Pruden says that this year, the 6th year of the tournament, ended up with McGlovins facing the DC Crew for the second year in a row in the tournament’s final match last Sunday. Unlike last year, this time it was the team from the Energetic City getting the win, as the DC Crew fell to McGlovins 18-9 in the final.
Pruden says that in addition to the final, other highlights included Balls Deep winning the Team Relay, while Jordan Munch was one of two winners of the Home Run Derby. She added that of the tournament’s winners ended up forgoing their winnings and donating the funds back to the Hospital Foundation.
When asked for a final tally, Kerri Laurin said that organizers are still going through all of the donations, but that the tournament has exceeded this year’s goal of raising $20,000. In fact, though the exact final tally is still not confirmed, Laurin was able to say that at least $23,000 has been raised. All of the money will be going towards the Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.