Estabrooks tourney breaks record

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24th annual event brings in $7,500 for fight against muscular dystrophy

Estabrooks tourney breaks record

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Despite some rough weather, the Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament raised more money than it has raised in its 24-year history.

"We raised about $7,500," said tournament coordinator Judy Tuttle. "That's the biggest amount yet."
The tournament began 24 years ago, not long after Estabrooks passed away from muscular dystrophy at the age of 20. All the money raised at the tournament goes to help fight the disease.
The 13 teams each paid $150 to participate in the tournament and money was also raised through various draws, a 50/50, a bake sale and a dance.
"I really have to thank the three teams that won their divisions and gave their money back," said Tuttle.
And Tuttle also thanks the teams that played in the rain.
"Darrell Greeno's Welding team and the Green Road Rashes played Friday night in the rain and they had a blast," said Tuttle. "They didn't care if the fell down because they were dirty and wet anyway - and nobody got hurt."
This was also the first tournament played on the new field after Tuttle's daughter Tanya Tuttle-Comeau received $25,000 from Kraft Canada in an essay-writing contest to upgrade the field and the surrounding area.
"This was the first big event after we painted everything and got the new infield," said Tuttle. "The new playground equipment is in and the old equipment has passed the test for playground equipment. Everything was painted green, red and yellow and it looks great."
Tuttle has big ambitions for the 25th edition of the tournament in 2010.
"Next year we're aiming for 25 teams," said Tuttle.
She said they will need more than the one ball field and discussions have begun about building a second ball field next to the one that's already there.
Whether or not they have 25 teams next year, one thing is certain - every year the Rodney Estabrooks Tournament gets stronger.
"Every year it gets better and I think it's because everybody who plays in the tournament knew Rodney," said Tuttle.
"My four kids grew up with him, so all four of them play in the tournament and now their kids play in the tournament also," she added. "So hopefully the tournament will continue for generations to come."

Organizations: Green Road Rashes, Kraft Canada

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