COLUMBUS – The 6th annual Playing for Angels softball tournament took place at Gerrard Park in Columbus on Saturday afternoon.
The goal of the tournament is to raise money for local families who are dealing with cancer. The tournament was started in memory of Trevor Coon of Monroe, who passed away due to a brain tumor in 2011.
Since the tournament’s inception, nine different “angels” have been played for, with all of the money from the tournament going towards their cancer treatments. This year, the tournament is being played for three “angels”, Angela Poland, Charlene Kuehler, and Trevor Luckey.
Along with the softball tournament, a silent auction was also held, with items being donated by local Columbus businesses and families. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln also donated a poster of Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, which was signed by Frost himself.
Tournament organizer Kelly Burg says that seeing the look on the families’ faces after giving them the money that was raised is an amazing and uplifting feeling. Burg also says that she loves how much the Columbus community looks out for one another, and how the community makes sure that people aren’t struggling financially or emotionally in their day-to-day lives.