Family offers 'thanks for remembering the boys'
The fifth annual" For the Love of the Boys" Swanson/Horrigan Memorial softball tournament was a huge success last weekend due to the care and contributions of so many in our community.
A special thanks to the town of Washington for allowing use of the fields and facilities at the Washington Primary School -- a place where all the boys grew up.
It truly felt like the tournament was being played at home, in our own backyard.
Thanks to Jessica and Matt Humiston, tournament founders and organizers, for their countless hours of planning and organizing, and congratulations on the early arrival of their baby girl, Kendall Grace, who arrived six weeks early on July 13th during the setup of the tournament.
Sincere thanks to Alan (Botchie) and Lynda Swanson who ensure that every detail is covered and that the event runs smoothly; to the incredible Washington Volunteer Fire Department for delivery of all the necessary supplies including food and manpower to run the event; to "The Crew," who staff the food tent and grill from 6 a.m. until dark, serving up the best breakfast sandwiches, burgers, dogs and fries (we've heard that some people come to the event just for the food); to all our friends who baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies -- your contributions were a great hit with both the kids and adults; to Dan Olson of Rawlings for the generous donation of softballs.
Thanks, too, to all the individuals and area restaurants and businesses who donated supplies, raffle prizes, and contributed to the boys' scholarship funds; to the winning teams -- Strid Associates and SportsPage in division A and to division B winner Life is Good and runnerup Ron's Maintenance, as well as the rest of the teams' players and sponsors; and, finally, to the Swanson family and our own family for their support doing whatever needed to be done -- setup, cleanup, grocery runs, grill duty, photographer or playing on a team.
Thanks to all who stopped by to eat a burger, purchase a T-shirt, swing a bat, cheer in the crowd or just say hello. We are very grateful for the ongoing care and concern shown to us by our wonderful community.
Most of all, thank you for remembering our Tyler and the Swanson brothers. Continuing to remember the boys and talk about them is the greatest gift.
Rich, Kath, Trav, Troy and Teige