NEW PORT RICHEY — Doug Saxon wanted to put some extra “fun” into fundraising.
As part of his campaing for Honorary Governor of West Pasco, Saxon decided to stage a kickball tournament that would benefit Pasco Kids First and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the governor race.
Eighteen teams signed up for the event’s second year, according to Becky Bennett, director of development for Pasco Kids First. The nonprofit organization has program to shield children from abuse and strengthen families.
Sponsors were Faux Iron Studios, Law Offices of Lucas and Magazine, McWilliams & Son, Trinity Rotary Club and Young Professionals Group.
Prevailing as champions was Team Bilira-Kick, named after its “general manager” U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. R-Palm Harbor. Captain Mike Ciminna led his troops, Manuel Bilirakis, Michael Bilirakis, Danny Brantley, Eric Clark, Olivia Jenkins, Dan Paasch, Stephanie Pontlitz, Summer Robertson, Beth Weinzetl, Donald Yerkes and Pam Yerkes.
Runner-up team Balls & Dolls wore orange shirts and black shorts for uniforms. They are captain Matt Goodman, Stephen Brugger, Kayla Consentino, Daniel Corriere, Roxanne Juhnke, Justin Lawrence, Stacia Leidolf, Mike Manning, Amanda Smith, Travis Trice and Nathan White.
The Spirit Award went to the Meares Plumbing team.
See-saw kickball battles raged most of the day on fields at Gulf High School and Schwettman Education Center.
The Gulf High Baseball team opened the concession stands and sold food and drinks at both fields as a fundraiser for their team.
New Port Richey City Councilman Chopper Davis came on board as an umpire. Rick Hess, executive director of Pasco Kids First, also was on the officiating crew. Others calling the shots were Pete Dawley, John Fessel, Paul Friedlander and Mario Iezzoni.
People who did not get a chance to see the kickball action can still aid Pasco Kids First. On Thursday, the Saxon 4 Safe Kids Bingo Night at CARES Elfers Center. A Ladies Night event CARES Elfers Center is set for May 29. The Saxon 4 Safe Kids Clay Shoot will be May 30.
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