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L & B Tack and Company went undefeated, winning all five of its games at the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League (SCWSL) Lupus Awareness Tournament held at the Grahamsville Fair last Saturday. Team members are: (standing, left to right) Lacy Dalrymple, Jennifer Wright, Amanda Irwin, Mary Whipple Smith, Tabatha Bound-Smith, Lori Smith-Froehlich, Autumn Ackermann, coach Doug Gosney. (bottom row) left to right: Tricia Tuttle, Alison Whipple, Maria Jeltsch, Liz Stubits, Barb Stubits Merton.

Lupus softball tournament raises $2,200

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GRAHAMSVILLE — May 28, 2013 — The 4th annual Sullivan County Women’s Softball League (SCWSL) Lupus Awareness Tournament was held at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds in Grahamsville last Saturday.
Six teams played in a round-robin to allow five non-simultaneous games to be played in one day.
The exhausted players came out to play these games in support of Karen’s Crew, a group of local folks who support a friend who has been diagnosed with Lupus and who walk together in the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) walk in NYC. This will be the eighth year this group has done the “Walk with Us to Cure Lupus” which will take place on October 19.
The idea that SCWSL players could help raise funds for Karen’s Crew and for ALR was a brainchild of Mary Feusner. Mary is part of both the team for Karen’s Crew in the Lupus Walk and an umpire for American Softball Association, (ASA). Her hope was to have the women’s softball league participate in Lupus Awareness, since Lupus is diagnosed more in women than in men. With fine-tuned planning, the tournament started four years ago and has become a mid-spring staple.
This year’s participating teams from the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League were: International Contractors Corp/Charlie’s Pizza & Restaurant, Millis Lumber (combination of Robin Hood and Dutch’s), D & R Landscaping, The Nugget, L & B Tack, and Charlie’s Angels. Each team donates a $50 participation fee.
The team who won the most games for the day was L & B Tack, victorious in all five of their games.
The tournament raised just over $2,220. The teams raised $1,610, with Charlie's Angels raising the most – just shy of $1,000.
In addition to the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League, other donors included: Pioneer Bottling Company for water, Carmine’s Meat Market for hamburgers and hot dogs, Thunder 102 for promotion, Dunkin Donuts of Liberty, NY, and the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League.
Volunteer umpires were Carlos Torres, Brent Lawrence, Bob Ackerley, Mary Feusner, Kurt Scheibe, Jeff Gersten and Poul Orr. The organizing committee for Karen’s Crew is comprised of Feusner, Pat Grimley and Nancy and Rob Esposito.
“On behalf of Karen's Crew we are grateful to the Sullivan County Women's Softball League for participating in this annual tournament and raising money on our behalf,” said Nancy Esposito. “Lupus is a horrible disease and a cure is needed. The money raised by Karen's Crew is donated to the Alliance for Lupus Research's Walk with Us to Cure Lupus. One hundred percent of the donations goes to research. We'd like to thank the community for coming out for the event and the local businesses that helped us raise money.”
Anyone interested in more information or participating in the 2013 Raffle, can contact Nancy Esposito at 292-2683 or e-mail her at
For more information on Karen’s Crew or the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus please go to: then NYC walk and find “Karen’s Crew.”

1. Lupus is a painful disease in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
2. It causes serious damage to major organs and the central nervous system. Lupus can be life threatening.
3. Lupus affects people of all ages but most often strikes between the ages of 15 and 45.
4. Nine out of 10 people with Lupus are women.
5. African-American women are most at risk.
6. 1.5 Million Americans suffer from Lupus making it more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis.
7. Lupus is the leading cause of death among women with autoimmune diseases.
8. The exact cause of lupus is unknown.
9. There were no new lupus treatments in 50 years until last year.
10. There is NO CURE.

Raffle prizes are:
* Weekend for 4 at Frost Valley YMCA
* Hudson Valley Renegades Prize Pack
* $50 in gift cards to Monticello Farm Home & Garden
* Lander’s River Trips; 1 day river trip for 2
* Handmade Wood Carving by Paul Hubert
* Homemade Maple Syrup by the Costa family
Gift certificates to:
* Second to None pizzeria, Liberty
* Welsh’s Cabin
* White Sulphur Springs Inn
* Enchanted Florist, Jeffersonville

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