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Medford Lakes - A Community That Will Not Stop Tradition

Sunday, July 25, 2004

By Jack Schaub
Medford Lakes Mens Softball Correspondent

For the last 75 years, Medford Lakes has had a community softball league which has endured since 1929. This year is especially important due to the recent tragic floods that have crippled our lakes and homes; but not our spirit. We plan to go on and continue our year end tradition by giving back to the community a year end celebration. Over the last 20 years, the Medford Lakes Men's Softball league has donated over $30,000 to the MLAA (Medford Lakes Athletic Association). This year will we also have a fund drive to give towards the Medford Lakes flood relief fund. I'm sending out this E-mail to let you know of our community and its outpouring of help, hope and determination.

Not 100 yards from the recent devastation will be our 75th anniversary celebration of our Medford Lakes community softball league. Since 1929 Dads and community organizations played at Brooks field. Long ago it was a July fourth event. Now our small town league has over 200 players, whose family and friends come out every Sunday summer afternoon to enjoy the games activities and laughs.

Our year end celebration will be held at Brooks field on Sunday August 1st. The celebration will go from 11:00am-4:00 pm starting with the championship game and include:

  • Food and drink for 250
  • Clown and face painting for the kids
  • Dunk tank and Rita's water ice
  • Home Run Derby
  • Awards for Golden Gloves, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year
  • Hall of Fame inductees and trophies for 1st, 2nd and MVP
  • DJ and music/tents- rain or shine
  • Donation and "presentation check" to MLAA and others

A checking account in the name “Medford Lakes Men's Softball Flood Relief Fund” will be created. The 2004 league will contribute $500.00 of our donation total amount ...Usually all the money goes to the MLAA- which is for the kids athletic funds for baseball, softball, field hockey and basketball, fields etc.... We can donate all funds raised for the 50/50, charge $1 per adult for 3 throws at the dunk tank (kids throw free) and whatever else you believe might work. Regarding the fund, I would like to announce on Sunday August 1st that the fund has been created and will be placed into an interest bearing account where we will add to it through fund raisers throughout the year. An exact address for donations has not been determined so please contact Tom Wiker (Commissioner) directly, he would know first where it will go.

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