© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Monkey Morris was grateful to be back with Tanya Johns after being kidnapped and taken hostage. A $500 ransom was paid for the return of the monkey, with all money going towards the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.
TIDNISH – Bake sales, canteen sales, team fees and a ransomed monkey combined to raise $5,000 for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy over the weekend.
The money was raised during the 28th annual Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Slow Pitch Tournament, which was held in Tidnish from July 19 to 21.
The 28-year tourney has pushed the total amount of money raised to $110,000.
“Eleven teams participated and the winners donated their winnings back,” said Judy Tuttle, who co-ordinates the teams and keeps score during the game.
The Misfits won Division 1 and the Lucas Team won Division 2.
Weather, for the most part, co-operated.
“It rained at about 7 p.m. on Saturday night and rained hard for about 15 minutes,” said Brian Haynes, who co-ordinates several aspects of the event, including the washer toss.
“The washer toss raised $288,” said Haynes.
The bake sale and other sales at the Tidnish Community Hall raised $1,275, while the canteen raised another $500.
People also paid $2 if they hit a home run. There were about 30 home runs, raising $60.
There was also an anonymous donation of $750, plus Monkey Morris was kidnapped and $500 was paid for his return.
Monkey Morris replaced Paul Morris who passed away two years ago.
“Paul was a member of our team (Paul's Peeps), and since Paul can’t be with us, Monkey Morris is here,” said Tanya Johns.
“They set a ransom of $500 and once they raised $500 we got him back. He was found in the dugout,” added Johns. “He’s very friendly and he plays good second base, but he tripped me in the last game.”
Rodney Estabrooks succumbed to Muscular Dystrophy in 1986 and his older brother passed away seven years earlier in 1979, also from Muscular Dystrophy.
Their mother June Estabrooks is grateful for all the support the tournament has received over the years.
“I thank all the teams and volunteers for coming out and making the tournament and annual success,” said Estabrooks, who also co-ordinates the canteen and the bake sale at the community hall.