Labor Day kickball tourney continues legacy of late community member |

Labor Day kickball tourney continues legacy of late community member

Paige Mainor of team Freshly Squeezed puts the ball in play during the 2nd Annual Kicking It to Cancer Kickball Tournament on Monday, Sept. 1, at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. The event had 17 teams with more than 400 participants and raised more than $30,000 for the Brammer Family Fund to assist Grand County families affected by cancer.
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For 17 kickball teams the best way to enjoy the final days of summer, soak up some sun and raise money for charity is to compete in the 6th annual Kickin’ It to Cancer kickball tournament this Monday.

The kickball tournament and silent auction, hosted by the Grand Foundation, will take place at the Fraser Sports Complex, and will raise money for the Brammer Family Fund, which supports families and individuals affected by cancer.

“We always like assisting, which is why we’re doing this event and we came up in 2013 with this kickball tournament, it was just one of those unique things that no one was doing a tournament like that in our community,” said Megan Ledin, executive director of the Grand Foundation.

The kickball tournament will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for a kids kickball game at 1 p.m. The event also offers games, face painting, a bake sale, food and a photo booth.

The Brammer Family Fund was created in 2014 after Traci Brammer, an employee of Winter Park and prominent community member, passed away from colon cancer. Before she died, Brammer asked the Grand Foundation to continue the tournament and help other families dealing with cancer.

Ledin said the event helps continue Brammer’s legacy while supporting the community.

“Her legacy is living on just helping people by her coming up with this whole idea,” she said. “She’s living vicariously through all of us participating and she’s remembered with that. It’s an honor to continue on.”

Last year, the tournament raised almost $40,000 for the fund. Ledin said they hope to raise at least that much this year.

Since its inception, the fund has helped 67 individuals. The fund can be used to cover costs associated with cancer treatment, as well as travel, personal expenses, wigs or rent.

“(Brammer) asked us to continue on this kickball tournament and have a fund in Grand County that could help benefit individuals afflicted by cancer or their families, so that we could help them go above and beyond traditional insurance,” Ledin said.

The fund collaborates with Mountain Family Center and their charity supporting families with cancer to disperse grants to as many people as possible. Anyone can apply to the Brammer Family Fund at anytime and the Grand Foundation will give out funds based on need.

Ledin said the event has received great support from the community, not only because it helps support families in need, but also because it’s a family-friendly and unique event.

“Year after year, we keep having more people there,” she said. “It’s a new event in our community, new meaning that nobody else is doing kickball.”

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