DOWNEY - More than $2,500 was raised at the second annual Downey TLC Softball Tournament held April 24 on the fields at Downey Adult School.Proceeds from the event were donated to the TLC Family Resource Center, which provides needy Downey children with reading glasses, food, school supplies, counseling and more. More than 100 people attended the tournament, said Fernando Vasquez, a Kiwanis club member and organizer of the event. Warren High School won this year's tournament. Nick Adams, owner of the local Philly's Best, donated food while Ed Vasquez, of the Central Basin Municipal Water District, provided water. Roger Brossmer, councilmember and director of Downey Adult School, offered use of the softball fields. "In a perfect world, our students would never experience crisis, grief, poverty, illness, hunger or pain, but with over 22,000 students attending Downey Unified School District, unfortunately it is evident to TLC every day that sometimes our students experience hard times, especially nowadays," said Luz Perez, program coordinator at TLC. The TLC Center, a not-for-profit organization, relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to continue operations. "Despite the challenging economic times, our community continues to demonstrate its commitment to help children in need," Vasquez said.
********** Published: May 7, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 3