Healthy kids • Money will fund programs such as pedometers and a decathlon.
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The Davis Education Foundation got a shot in the arm for some health-related programs for students from a Lakeview Hospital-sponsored fundraiser.
The Lakeview Midnight Madness softball tournament was held in September. The hospital got their final tally on proceeds from its third annual fundraiser in late December. A total of $12,422.93 made its way to the foundation, a non-profit entity that funds school programs in the Davis County School District.
The money was presented recently to the foundation in a private meeting.
Money from the tournament will go toward an elementary decathlon and purchasing physical education and health equipment for elementary schools, including hygiene kits. Donations also will fund a pedometer program aimed at improving students' physical fitness.
"This year's tournament was tremendously successful," says Rand Kerr, Lakeview Hospital CEO. "Hosting an event that involved our entire community and raised money for needed educational supplies in our school district is a wonderful opportunity."
Tiffany Burnett, spokesperson for Lakeview Hospital said, "In the same way we are committed to caring for our patients, we are also committed to caring for our community, and education is something that touches our entire community. When we invest in education, we invest in our future. By donating money to the Davis Education Foundation, we are partnering with our community to provide our youth enriched learning opportunities."
The tournament has grown over the years with a total of 24 teams competing. Many from the community participated, leading to the fundraiser's success. Games started at 6 p.m. and the championship game began at 7:30 a.m.
Members of Davis High School softball team helped with the tournament, posting fliers, helping with team check in and working as score keepers. Lakeview donated $1,500 to the Davis Softball team for their assistance. The money will be used to buy new uniforms for the entire team.
The tournament took place on four fields at the Barnes Sports Park Facility. For attendees who didn't want to watch the games, the movie "Field of Dreams" was shown.
Teams were co-ed and participation was open to anyone who wanted to participate. Teams were made up of 10 to 12 members.
All skill levels are welcome to participate in the tournament. This year, teams played a round-robin before the actual tournament began. Based on the round-robin performance, teams were then seeded into the competition bracket. This format allowed teams to paired up with those of similar ability in the competition and give all our teams more playing time.
"We donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Davis School District," noted Burnett. "We also front all costs associated with this community event. That way, we can give back to our community and collectively invest in our children's future."
The top three winning teams received checks: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third.
"We had a fantastic time at the Midnight Madness tournament. It was well run and organized," said Angie Osguthorpe, who played on the Apple Tree Assisted Living team. "We didn't win, but our team had a ton of fun and that's what we played for to have fun and to support education in Davis County."
The winning team was "Ain't Got Nothin'." The team was made up with people who had played together for a community league "Tri-Lambs."
"All nighters are great fun. We are already planning for next year," said the winning captain Chad Miller.
"Everyone had a fantastic time," said Burnett. "It was great to see so many people at the tournament. The concessions, the atmosphere and the venue really set the stage for a fun night."