Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 8, 2014

Hold put on United Fund tourney

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The strikes and balls of youth baseball and softball tournaments benefiting a Pauls Valley community organization is being pushed back just a bit.

Board members of the PV United Fund effort decided this week the tournaments will be moved back a couple of weeks to May 30-31.

“Next up on our plate is the ball tournament,” said board Chairman Angela Portwood.

Factoring into the decision was a possible conflict with graduation ceremonies planned for high schools in the area.

With the United Fund event originally planned for May 16-17, board members pointed out grad ceremonies are set for that Friday in Paoli and the following day in Wynnewood.

Equally important was the fact more time was needed to finalize all the little details for the ball tournaments.

When considering an alternate date for the tourney the board looked at the grad ceremonies in Pauls Valley on the night of Friday, May 23, along with the typical holiday activities of the Memorial Day weekend.

With that mind it was decided to move the United Fund tournaments to Friday night, May 30 and throughout Saturday, May 31.

“I would rather have it in May and not pile it up too much in June,” Portwood said.

Events like this one help with this year’s United Fund goal of raising at least $40,000 for the 2014 campaign.

The money is disbursed out quarterly to a number of community organizations that help residents all over Garvin County in a variety of ways.

The youth tournaments on their new days will be at the Pauls Valley Sports Complex, located off of Indian Meridian near Interstate 35 in western PV.

Teams for the 8 years old and under tournaments are still signing up now, while plans are in place for game umpires, concessions and volunteers.

“I’ve got organizations lined up for gate and concessions,” said Connie Frazier.

Plans are also in place for the United Fund to also participate in a couple of events in June.

During the big annual noodling tournament in PV’s Wacker Park the United Fund is looking at raising funds with a dunk tank.

Also being looked at is checking to see if some employees of companies in the area have the option of designating their United Way donations for Garvin County or Pauls Valley.

In this scenario the donations would go to the United Fund here and be used to help organizations in this area.