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July 28, 2013

Teen organizes benefit softball tournament

JENNERSTOWN — A Jennerstown teenager is going to bat for a group of campers.

Tiffany Forney has organized a one-pitch, slow-pitch softball tournament Saturday near Boswell to raise money for Camp PARC, a Davidsville-based, weeklong summer camp for children and adults with special needs.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. at Hemminger Field, located at the Boswell Lions/Jaycees Community Park at routes 601 and 30. The tournament is expected to last until late afternoon or early evening.

Tiffany, who will be junior at North Star High School in the fall, said her goal is to raise more than $1,000. The tournament also is her senior project for school.

About 10 softball teams from church leagues in Somerset County and other leagues have registered for the event, she said. The deadline to register was July 19.

Tiffany, who plays softball for her church, Jennerstown United Methodist Church, is raising the money by collecting a $75 entry fee from each team and accepting donations from businesses, family and friends and people involved with the camp.

Everybody has been generous,

she said.

In addition, volunteers who include her family and friends and associates of the camp, will man the concession stand to raise money.

Tiffany said she wanted to help the camp because of the benefits to the campers.

“The camp is really good for campers because they are having fun and exploring the world around them a little more,” said Tiffany, who has a cousin attending the camp.

Many volunteers from Somerset and Cambria counties donate their time to help at the camp, she said.

“I think it’s a good experience for the volunteers because they get to see the world from a different perspective,” she said.

Tiffany enjoys being involved in the community and does so as a member of the Jennerstown Volunteer Fire Company and with a food bank. Tiffany is one of a number of students at North Star High School who volunteer with the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank.

At school, she plays basketball and softball.

For her efforts, Tiffany is the Person of the Week.

Kevin Nicklow, Tiffany’s basketball coach and a volunteer with Camp PARC, said Tiffany always has a great attitude and a nice smile to go with it.

“It was not a surprise to me at all when I heard that she was doing a project of this type and that it was going to benefit Camp PARC,” he said.

“Her positive attitude enables her to put others first and I know that everyone involved with Camp PARC really appreciates her hard work and willingness to help out.

“I know that she has worked very hard on organizing this event, so hopefully the community will come out and support her efforts and also support a wonderful program in Camp PARC.”

Sharon Fleegle, Tiffany’s neighbor, likewise is not surprised that Tiffany is conducting the project.

“She’s a wonderful teenage girl,” Fleegle said.

“She respects others and is always doing something to help others. She has a big heart.”

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