The Second Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament
The 2nd Annual Butterfly Softball was held at the EMW Creek Road fields in Elma NY September 15-18th. The event started with our six adult teams playing, Team Miller vs Team Vetter , Team Durkin vs Team Nuwer, Team Lina vs Team Catanzaro. The adults had fun and Team Vetter, Nuwer, Catanzaro and Miller moved on to the Friday night round! Friday’s games ended with Team Catanzaro and Nuwer. Due to weather and scheduling conflicts, Team Catanzaro and Team Nuwer ended as co-champs! Thank you to our Adult Co-Ed sponsors Colley’s Pools & Spas, Mooney’s, Parkview Auto Sales, Boss Heating & Cooling, Wales Center Hotel and the Aurora Ice Association for all your support!
Thursday continued with our Kick Off event, we were excited to have about 80 people come out to O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow to enjoy food, drinks, football, music and friends. Thank you to DJ Joe Steinwachs and the band Friday Night Therapy for the terrific entertainment!! We appreciate those that baked to provide some wonderful desserts to share! Our basket raffle with over 20 prizes and 50/50 raffles were a great success! Guy Thomas was the winner of the door prize… 40” TV that was sponsored by Ken’s Sales & Service! Thank you for all those that came for a great night out!!
The travel games started bright and early Saturday morning! We were excited to host 9 returning teams and welcomed 8 more! The team were: Amherst Lightening (12 and 14U), New York Diamond Girls- Cotton, New York Diamond Girls- Morris, Clarence (12 and 14U), EMW Impact, New York Inferno, West Seneca Magic- Packard, West Magic Magic- Westfield, 716 Select, Hamburg Xtreme, Lakeshore Eclipse, Orchard Park Stars, Southern Tier Elite, U.S.S.S.A Pride and WNY Sting. Lots of fun, laughs and softball was enjoyed by all! Throughout the weekend we saw lots of sunshine and some rain. The rain didn’t keep the girls from having fun…there was even a dance competition among EMW and Diamond Girls as they waited for the go ahead to keep playing! The final 12U game was Diamond Girls-Cotton vs New York Infero and the 14U game was Orchard Park Stars vs Southern Tier Elite. All teams played well! Diamond Girls and Southern Tier Elite took home the Championship award which was championship pins and a framed shadow box with the “Smile in the Sky” rainbow background from last year, a Butterfly Softball event Ticket and a team photo with the championship pins! Congratulations to all! We hope you had a great weekend and took some time to be Kind and Thoughtful in Everything! We can’t wait to have you back next year!
A HUGE shout out to our 40+ volunteers that helped to make this all happen! Our grounds crew was put to the test with the weather and trying to keep up with the wet diamonds! We even had coaches jump in to help get the fields ready! Our concession stand crew was up to the challenge with the rushes looking to enjoy hot dogs, taco in a bag, pizza and snacks between games!! Others helped to sell raffle tickets and countless other activities that started before the event and carried on throughout the weekend! The community outreach was truly amazing to support the event! All our volunteers opened up their hearts and had showed a great attitude while supporting!! We are grateful to US Food vendors, Pepsi Co, Mayer Brothers, Tarantino’s, Bob Schmidle Family, C A Curtze, Jim Basil and Nickel City Sales Inc for all the donations!
Our t-shirt vendor, Niagara’s First Impressions, was busy making shirts to order with a portion of the proceeds to event! Everyone looked great wearing this year’s logo with the bats, ball and the KATIE butterfly! We had over 25 baskets to raffle with a 24” TV as the door prize donated by West Herr! Our baskets and 50/50 are a huge part of our proceeds! Thank you to all joined in and congratulations to all the winners!
We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Softball Tournament raised almost $10,000!!! All proceeds will help to continue the capital projects, Scholarships and KATIE Awards that the foundation supports.
Thank you also to the Town of Elma, EMW Football and EMW Baseball being 100% behind this tournament! We can’t wait to see you all again next year!!! Until then, play ball and keep in mind to be KATIE; Kind and Thoughtful in Everything!