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The 2nd Base Savers are, front row from left, Kristi Keller, Michelle Pangle, Leslie Ledford, Jessica Ryans, Mary Ann McLemore; back row, Tana Kulhanek, Ashley Rayburn, Ann Moore, Jennifer Kennell and Diane Mills. The group of women are currently collecting donations to raise funds for a walk they will participate in the fall

 

If you attended the Washita Valley Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Creek Cotton Club over the 4th of July weekend, you probably noticed some ladies in various attire with the color pink at concession stands across the course.

 

It was for a cause. Pink is the official color for the fight against  breast cancer, and the ladies, known as the 2nd Base Savers, were running the concession stands to raise funds for a walk they'll be participating in this fall, which also goes towards funding for breast cancer research. They also had jars at each stand and the counter at the pro shop, collecting donations. 

 

"They worked out in this hot sun for three days, just for their tips to go towards the funds that they have to have for the walk," said Fran Morris, co-owner of Cottonwood Creek Golf Club and the group's spokesperson. 

 

The walk will take place in Texas, starting from Dallas and on to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The walk will take place for three days from Nov. 4-7 and each participant will need to walk 20 miles per day. They also did one last year. 

 

"Last year, there were about 1,800 people who walked and raced from all over the United States and they raised over $8 million for breast cancer research," Morris said. 

 

The 2nd Base Savers are team captain Ashley Rayburn, wife of Sam Rayburn, a former football standout at Chickasha High School, the University of Tulsa and the NFL, Michele Pangle, Mary Ann McLemore, Leslie Ledford, Kristi Keller, Diane Mills, Ann Moore, Jessica Ryans, Jennifer Kennell and Tana Kuchanek.

 

The entire team needs to raise $25,300 for the November walk. So far, they have raised 42 percent, Rayburn said. 

 

Softball tournament coming to Ninnekah

 

People can contribute to the 2nd Base Savers' cause by playing in a co-ed softball tournament they will be hosting  later this month.

 

The event, the "Strike Out Cancer Co-ed Softball Tournament," is scheduled from 9 a.m. July 30 to 7 p.m. July 31 at the softball fields in Ninnekah and will benefit the Susan G. Komen cure. 

 

"We are utilizing three softball fields," Rayburn said. "Two fields will have lights on them."

 

Although the tournament is scheduled for two days, the group is hoping to have it done sooner. 

 

"We're going to try to get it done one day," Rayburn said. "It will depend on the number of teams we have."

 

There are teams already signed up to play, but there is still room for more. 

 

"We have about seven teams in the file and are hoping for 10," Rayburn said. 

 

Registration fee is $100. Teams must consist of 10 players and have at least three women on the field at all times.

 

To sign up as a team, e-mail Rayburn at samrayburns4@aol.com or call (405) 574-6888. Deadline to sign up is July 24. Interested participants can also contact Morris at the golf course, at (405) 224-1250, or they can converse with any of the members on the group's Facebook page. 

 

"It should be a really good event," Rayburn said. 

 

As for the Dallas walk in November, other people can join the team in the walk.

 

"Anybody interested in joining them in the walk, just get a hold of one of the girls," Morris said. "Or call Cottonwood Creek, we can always give them the information, and they can join up, they just have to raise $2,300 (individually) for their part. They could always use more. These girls need donations and we would appreciate anyone who is generous in their donations."

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