Hits For A Cure raises over $1,900

GERRY – The third annual Hits For A Cure event at the Gerry Town Park was a success recently. The foundation raised over $1,900 to promote breast cancer awareness and research through WCA hospital. The game was in the annual Valley Little League Tournament between the Sinclairville Mariners and the Gerry Jammers.

The event is the idea of Gerry resident Brad Barmore, a physical education teacher at Sherman Central Schools, whose grandmothers are both breast cancer survivors. He felt this was a great event idea to raise awareness in the younger generation.

The field was decorated in pink, the coaches, umpires, players and fans wore pink apparel and the fences were decorated with “Pink Links” to go along with the pink baselines and bases. Highlighting the opening ceremonies was the honorary first pitcher, Noreen Anderson. Noreen is Barmore’s grandmother and in 1976 was diagnosed with stage 0 (non-invasive) breast cancer. With early detection she removed the cancerous tumor. Kira Spencer once again came out and sang a perfect National Anthem to kick things off.

In addition to Barmore, the non-profit committee that make this event come together consists of Adrienne Bryerton, Brian Barmore, Dean Barmore and Karl Sisson, director of marketing at WCA Hospital. Funds raised came from sponsors, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and public contributions.

Platinum sponsors were Troy Ingersoll of Nucrete Construction and Gerry Baseball, while Feegan’s Witch Kitch Bar and Grill, Warren Midtown Motors, Jamestown Jock Shop, Blackstone Advanced Technologies, Barmore Wood Molders and Pro Bats of Superior Wood Turnings were Gold level sponsors.

The Sinclairville Mariners won the game by quite a margin but everyone was on Team Pink and the real winner was the fight against breast cancer. If you’d like to help out further with the cause make sure you get down to Russell Diethrick Park as the Jamestown Jammers host the second annual “Pink the Park.”