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Weekend of softball scores big for CASA

September 11, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT - Fifteen years ago when organizers began planning what would become the annual Women in Sports Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament, they decided only women would compete.

Vicki Sadehvandi, executive director of Citizens Assisting & Sheltering the Abused, said the tournament is still for women only. And the money raised - $174,000 in 14 years - still goes to CASA.

The 15th Annual Women in Sports Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament was held Saturday and Sunday at Pinesburg Softball Complex in Williamsport. It drew 28 teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.

Jackie Kelley, co-director of the tournament, estimated that about 400 people, including fans, were at the fields over the weekend.

The other co-director, Paula Keser, said money is raised through sponsors, team entry fees, concessions, raffles, T-shirt sales and individual donations. She said she hoped to raise between $20,000 and $25,000 from the weekend's event.

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Sadehvandi said the softball tournament is CASA's largest fundraiser. The money is used to help provide services to the 3,000 people the organization assists annually.

CASA assists abused women and their families with children's services, job assistance and housing needs.

"They're out here for the cause," Sadehvandi said.

Major sponsors of the event included Macy's, Susquehanna Bank, Certain Teed, Soroptimist and Dot Foods.

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