Fund supports amateur athletics in Amherst, Cumberland County
Scotiabank's Bright Futures program is supporting the Bates-Merrill Society with a contribution of $2,600. This year's Bates-Merrill tournament raised $9,400.
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Scotiabank, through its Bright Futures program, has provided $2,600 to the Bates-Merrill Society that supports amateur athletics in Amherst and Cumberland County. Among those present for the cheque presentation were: (front, from left) Kathy Lake, Jessica Poirier (small business advisor), Shelley McInnis (financial advisor), Lisa Smith (customer relations), Ian Merrill, Brenda Merrill, (back, from left) Ron Lake, Angel McCormick (manager customer service), Belinda Belliveau (customer service) and society treasurer Vince Arbing.
AMHERST – The Bates-Merrill Society has a new friend in Scotiabank.
The bank has donated $2,600 through its Bright Futures program to support the society named in honour of two young Amherst men killed in a tragic car accident several years ago.
“This is a wonderful gesture on the bank’s behalf to come on board as a supporter of the society,” Brenda Merrill said. “This will enable us to do so much more in the community in both Nick’s and Corey’s memory.”
The society was created soon after Nick Merrill and Corey Bates were killed in the car crash on the Tyndal Road. Money for the society is raised through a slo-pitch softball tournament held annually in their name.
This year’s tournament featured 13 teams in recreational, co-ed and competitive divisions with approximately $9,400 being raised.
Since it inception the society has given out approximately $40,000 in the community. There is the Bates-Merrill scholarship at ARHS and the society has supported Amherst Little League Baseball as well as the bantam and midget baseball programs and the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association.
It has also supported the Cumberland Wolfpack Football Association and also committed $5,000 to the Cumberland YMCA to support renovations to the cardio and weight room at the facility.
“Corey and Nick played their minor hockey and baseball here in Amherst and were always at the YMCA,” Kathy Lake said. “This allows us to continue their legacy moving forward and allows us to continue helping those organizations that provide important programs to the community, especially youth.”
This year’s tournament saw Sobeys win the recreational division, the Bombs and Brews win the co-ed division and the Bros. Jays win the competitive division.