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Cinco de Mayo tourney a success

The first annual Cinco de Mayo Slugfest softball tournament was held in Sunnyside May 5-6 at Sunnyview Park.

I'd like to personally thank the people and businesses, that without their help, we couldn't have had a great time, including Mitch, Joe and their crew from the city of Sunnyside, and all my Brown Sox team players, who did all the labor and made sure everything ran fine.

Thanks to the local businesses that supported us: Aztlan Sportswear, Guerra's Deli & Café, Classic Trophies, Fiesta Foods, the Jarritos Company and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you everyone for all the hard work and effort.

Sunnyview Park can and will become a center for more softball tournaments. I will continue to promote and encourage our fine community to join our goal of achieving this. We have at least two more tournaments planned already-the Sunnyside invite on June 9-10 and the Chicano/Latino tournament on Aug. 25-26.

Let's work together to bring in more revenue for our city.

/s/ Bob Sarmiento Sr., Sunnyside

Another

chance at life

The Ladies Society of Calvary Lutheran Church, with Karon Kilian as chairperson, sponsored a successful blood drawing on Tuesday, May 1, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside. The quota was 70 units. We had 80 presenters and 10 first-time donors. Seventeen were unable to give, leaving 63 units collected. Because of their generosity, 189 people will have another chance at life.

A special thank you to the sponsors for their donations of the delicious cookies and juice, to United Methodist Church for the use of the hall, to Max for displaying the banner at Centennial Square and to the Daily Sun News for the publicity.

I would also like to thank the volunteers: Chris Reihs, Jo Eirich, Ramona Meek, Ella Mae Lochner, Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lang, Phyllis Morris and Sharon Kilian.

A very special thanks to all the donors, who are the lifeline for the flow of blood in the Valley. Without you, this drawing would not be possible.

Please join us at the next blood drawing on Tuesday, June 26, at the United Methodist Church hall from 1 to 6 p.m. to give the gift of life.

/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside blood drawing chairperson

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