The 15th annual Robbie Thompson Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament, held Sept. 14-16 at Lewis Park, raised just shy of $5,000 for Comox Valley Kin Club local charities.
“Twenty teams loaded the park, with beautiful blue skies and temps in the 20s making it the best playing for ball in many years,” said tourney spokesperson Jim Lalic.
“This year we were without our spokesperson Robbie Thompson due to him doing speeches in Ottawa for the Blood and Organ Donors of Canada Gala. Robbie was surely missed and in his place Bob Thomas, one of the original organizers of the first tournament, threw the first pitch,” Lalic said.
“Fun was had by all, with great game play and activities on the go at the park, beer gardens during the day and a funny money casino and auction on Saturday evening.”
The Titans won the A division with the Brewers runner-up. Average Joes took B division honours with Bull Frogs (Nanaimo) second. DILLIGAF (Nanaimo) won the C division with Coco Locos runner-up. The Power Rangers (Victoria) won the Toilet Bowl division with The TULS taking second. The Bob Thomas Sportsmanlike Award went to the Coco Locos.
“The grand total (raised) since the tournament started is $109,682.40 just shy of our $110,000 goal set for this year,” Lalic said. “Our special thanks to certain individuals that have made our tournament a success this year.
“Harry and Joan Lavoie kept us fed and collected door prizes, (arranged) schedules – you name it they did it. Adrienne Elliot for stats, CV Kin Club with the endless hours of labour and Comox Valley Mixed Slo-pitch for supporting the tournament with donations of balls and use of bases for the weekend.”