Softball tournament to benefit local families

ENID, Okla. — Enid and Garfield County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 144 is inviting the public to the seventh annual Sherry Ann Suttmiller Memorial Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The tournament begins Friday with two games played: one at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.

In 2010, the Sherry A. Suttmiller Foundation was created by the family and friends of Sherry Suttmiller to try to raise money to help during her battle with pancreatic cancer. At the time, her husband Jeff Suttmiller was an officer with Enid Police Department.

“A charity softball tournament was held to raise money, and thanks to the wonderful outpouring of support by the entire community, the tournament was a huge success,” said Detective Robin Bench, who organized this year’s tournament. “After the first tournament, Sherry requested the tournament be held each year with a different person fighting cancer being the recipient.”

Suttmiller passed away May 23, 2012, but the tournaments have continued in her honor and continue to benefit local families battling cancer.

“The softball tournaments have continued each year and have provided financial help to families fighting cancer with the continued support from friends, family, and the community as a whole,” Bench said.

This year’s recipient is the family of Lyndsay Watts. She is the mother of Corbin, 5, and Parker, 2. She and her husband, Gabe Watts, are both teachers in Enid Public Schools. Lyndsay also is the Enid High School swim coach.

“Lyndsay was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, and she will need all the support she can get,” Bench said. “After selecting Lyndsay, she found out another Enid teacher Ashley Epps’ 2-year-old daughter Addison has been diagnosed with leukemia. Lyndsay has requested we split the proceeds of the tournament to help both families. We spoke with Ashley and are adding the Epps family as a second beneficiary for the tournament.”

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and nachos will be sold during the tournament. A silent auction and raffle will be held for more than 50 gift baskets and other items. Items for raffle and auction this year include a trip to Las Vegas, a Traeger Tailgater pellet grill, an an LCP .380 Ruger, a half day of training with Enid SWAT team where winners get to shoot all of the team’s automatic weapons (including a .50 caliber machine gun) and a two-hour party from Enid Game Shack.

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