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4th Annual Washer Pitchin’ Tournament Set for Saturday, October 24, at Fort Mason Park
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009

Education Foundation Fundraiser Benefits Local Students and Classrooms

Registration begins at 3:30 on Saturday, October 24, at the Community Building in Fort Mason Park. The single elimination tournament is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $60 for each two-person team with a hefty prize for the winners.

Chef Lee McMillan will be grilling barbeque for everyone who wants to join in for the good eats. The meal is offered by donation only. In addition to the barbeque and all the trimmings, there will be lots of drinks and plenty of dessert.

Following the dinner, Jeff Owen will auction off a number of items including a spherical barbed wire sculpture by Dr. Penny Ruthven displayed on a stand by Daryl Watson of Jenco. Among other coveted items to be auctioned are a turquoise and coco shell necklace by Toni Hurlbut, a rustic iron candle holder with beeswax candles from Market Square, a Mohair travel throw, Hannah Montana accessories, as well as a washer pitching board set made by Chuck Bearden.

The Washer Pitchin’ Tournament raises money for the Mason Independent Education Foundation, which funds local grants benefitting public school students in Mason. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich, maintain and expand programs to meet the District’s goal of achieving excellence in education. The Foundation’s Teacher Grant program benefits students directly.

Most people don’t realize that teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets to add to the educational effectiveness of their classroom. There are many materials and programs beyond the financial resources of both the district and those teachers who willingly spend money from their salaries for their classroom. The list of resources and programs made possible through these grants includes bringing outstanding people into the classroom to speak and demonstrate, special books for reading programs, exciting supplementary science materials, kits which include activities, materials, and costumes for re-creating a day in history, mentoring helps, and much more that would never otherwise be available to Mason students. The Washer Pitchin’ Tournament and Barbeque gives the Mason community a chance to help enrich the lives and studies of our children.

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