Annual Volleyball Tournament Raises $13,500 For Food Banks

The 10th Annual Charity Volleyball Tournament was EPIC! It was a record breaking tournament with 52 Teams representing 4 Divisions hitting the hard courts on Saturday, Feb 25th. The Salvation Army Food Bank was the main recipient for the monies raised and food items collected.

Sloppy Steaks ((L to R) Josh Rankine, Matt Balkwill, Angie Chalut, Alana Gyemi, Jeanmarc Lappan, Danté Civero

Games were played at an unprecedented five venues in the region; Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre, Leamington District Secondary School, Kingsville District Secondary School, Migration Hall, Cardinal Carter Secondary/Middle Schools and UMEI Christian High School.

Vertically Challenged (Back L to R) Katie Zawruchya, Sydney Mitton (Front L to R) Matt, Miguel Pe Benito, Scott Phounpadith, Martin Pe Benito

The Competitive Division final was an incredible battle to the end with Sloppy Steaks beating their rivals to take the top spot after a nail-biting 3rd set.

The action in the Intermediate final also did not disappoint, with Vertically Challenged, which included 3 brothers, came up with the strong win.

How I Set Your Mother (Back L to R) Colton Major, Addison Major, Zachary Dillen (Front L to R) Brianna DiMarco, Darian Gray, Callista Drouillard

The Recreation Division was divided into 2 pools and How I Set Your Mother was the winner of Rec South and Team Friesen came out on top for Rec North.

The Corporate Division had teams representing several companies/organizations in the area, and UE Enclosures 1 dominated the court to take the division title. Way to go to all the teams!

Team Friesen (L to R) Tristan McGuire, Matthew Friesen, Duc Dang, Jason Friesen, Renée Desrosier, Clara Frenette

This was the 10th tournament organized by Karen Repko, Leasa Barkovsky, Ryan Whittle and Kristine Verbeek.

As the Salvation Army Food Bank was the benefactor of the very first tournament in 2012, they decided to celebrate this milestone with them again.

UE Enclosures 1. (Back L to R) Jacob Heide, Atheer Rafoka, Luis Guadarrama, Dave Wiebe, James Loewen, Isaiah Loewen (Front L to R) Sara Loewen, Maggie Wall, Nancy Penner

Lunch was again sponsored by Domino’s Pizza (Leamington), Topline Farms, DelFrescoPure and Highline Mushroom.

The day would not have been a success without them as well as the generosity of 100s of local donors within Essex County. The tremendous support was greatly appreciated!

After the dust settled, an astonishing $13,500 was collected this year, along with an incredible 1322 Food Bank items.

Over 10 years the tournament has raised $65,950 total for 10 local charities, and 6317 items for the Food Banks!

Previous charities included Maryvale Adolescent Services, The Bridge, SECC, War Amps, ACCESS, Friends of Point Pelee, SWO Gleaners and SpEqTRA.

Thank you to all the donors, participants and volunteers as we encourage community engagement through action!

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