Ball players young and old came together on Saturday for the second annual Joe Varosi Slow Pitch Challenge. Honouring the late Joe Varosi Jr., the challenge and fundraiser raised over $3,100 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Varosi was an avid ball player and lost his battle with cancer in February 2011. With his family members and friends present, a team of over-50 players took on a team of under-50 players at the Elk Valley Hospital ball diamond. The slow pitch challenge was all about bringing people together in their fundraising efforts, and after seven innings of fun, the game ended with a score of 10-10.
A number of local organizations helped out with donations and door prizes, including Overwaitea, Teck Resources, Fernie Brewing Company, Snow Valley Sand and Gravel, The Tipple Liquor Store, Elk River Mountain Homes, MDG Contracting, and Fernie Tow and Go.
Following the challenge, the event moved to the Fernie Hotel and Pub, where DJ Jim Paul provided some tunes, and players and spectators enjoyed a well deserved meal.