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2013-06-05 10:23:03
Tooele Giving - Softball, Car Shows and Golf

What do softball, car shows and golf have in common? In Tooele County, the answer is simple. It's the summer 'giving' season! Let me tell you what I mean.

A couple of Saturdays ago, Berna and I attended two car shows and a half dozen softball games. All were for charitable causes.

The first show we hit was a combination car/bike show hosted by B.A.C.A., an acronym for Bikers Against Child Abuse. BACA is an international 'biker' club whose mission is quite simple. The are constantly working to stop child abuse. They are available to be an emotional and physical source of support for abused children. They are a very real and welcome presence in Tooele County, as well as elsewhere. they had a great collection of vintage motorcycles and hot rods. Lots of music, food and other vendors. Hope I win the Harley in the raffle. 

We also went to the 'Victory Junction Gang' car show in Stansbury Park. This is the first and only show I've ever participated in with a car. Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year round camp for kids with serious, chronic illness. It was started in 2004 by Kyle & Patty Petty in honor of their son Adam Petty after he was killed in a stock car race. The names will be familiar if you're any sort of a race fan. Kyle's father and Adam's grandfather is Richard Petty. The camp is now also affiliated with the SeriousFun network started by Paul Newman. As a race fan, this is a natural one for me to support. This year, i didn't have time to get my car ready, but 30+ folks did, with vintage and new cars, trucks and motorcycles. There was great food as well as some great live classic rock music.

Last, but certainly not least, we spend much of the afternoon watching our daughter Kristen participating in the Jordan M. Byrd Memorial Softball tournament. 20 teams competed in the co-ed format, finally one by Nigh-time donuts, who had to fight all the way back through the losers bracket, winning 10 straight games! Jordan Byrd was a Tooele County native who was killed in Afghanistan in October of 2010, while giving medical attention to a soldier, saving that soldiers life. Proceeds from the tourney, now in its third year, go toward scholarships for students studying medicine, a field Byrd planned on continuing in. They'll be awarding 10 scholarships this year, and it grows every year, with twice as many teams participating this year as just 3 years ago!

Over the next several weeks there are quite a few golf fundraisers in Tooele County as well. The Tooele City Mayor's tournament, the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce Tournament and the Tooele County association of Realtor Tournaments are all coming up, and that's just the tip of the iceburg. 

It's no secret that things have been tough here in Tooele County of late. But, rather than dwelling on the adversity, there are lots of examples of people stepping up and helping others. Tooele County is a big family, and like all families, has its ups and downs. But, in the end, we take care of each other. As for me, I'm off for today's latest car show, benefitting Cottage Glen, a local assisted living facility. It's giving season in Tooele County!


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