Charity event to honor Kelley Thomas Bates
By TAYLOR MITCHELL
Late last year Kelley Thomas Bates lost her life in a tragic accident. Next Saturday the folks of Yazoo County will honor her life with a charity fundraiser in her name.
“We wanted to do something to honor her name and bring people together because it was such a bad experience for everybody,” Falla McCallum said. “She was such a good person. I don’t know anybody that has had anything negative to say.”
On March 31, at the Wardell Leach Complex, there will be a coed softball tournament and walk to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi and the Mississippi SIDS Alliance/Butterflys by Grace.
“Her (co-coordinator of the event Ashleigh Porter) daughter is epileptic and Kelley was concerned about Anne Marie (Porter),” McCallum said. “Kelley’s mom choose the other foundations.”
The softball tournament will feature teams of 12 players, with 10 players on the field at a time. There is no limit for the number of teams to enter. The cost is $150 per team.
The charity walk is $30 per person and includes t-shirt. The distance for the walk is up to the individuals participating in the walk.
“We did the walk because (Bates) had started running and we wanted to incorporate that into this,” McCallum said.
There will also be raffle items given away, including among other things a basket of hunting gear from Shane Smith with Antler Insanity and TCTI Fitness will be donating a membership to its new gym in downtown Yazoo City.
The softball tournament and walk is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Wardell Leach Complex. The event will last until the final game of the tournament is played. No alcohol will be allowed by the players or spectators. A concession will be open to the public.
For more information on the 1st Annual KTB Coed Softball Tournament and Walk, contact Falla McCallum at (662) 571-4767 or Ashleigh Jones at (662) 590-5749.