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Words and thoughts from our community......

On a personal level, I was overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and hard work, evident as I watched the final game and awards ceremony. You are all truly special people. My son said that the “Diet Pepsi” was the best he ever hadJames E. Miller, President, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

Being the mother of a juvenile diabetic, I realize how important each dollar is when it goes toward finding a cure for this disease. If there is ever a cure, I guarantee you that your team will be notified by meGail and (son) David Carroll 

As members of the Tonawanda-Grand Island Shrine Club,  we tip our Red Fez to you and yours of the “Bunch” and all that made the donation possible. With a special thanks to Jean Wantz, Tina Wright, and Felicia Roggow, the Dom Polski Bunch, and the guys at the Don Polski Social ClubRay Seiflein, Shriners Hospital

I know you’re getting close to hanging up your gloves for the season, but all the skaters, volunteers, and Parents wanted to let you know how much it meant to us having the Gloria Doody Tournament for our benefitElizabeth M. O’Donnell,  S.A.B.A.H.

What a fantastic job you have done, organizing, scheduling, arranging, soliciting, and many other behind the scene things to make your annual Charity Softball Tournament such a huge success. “Glory be to Kids” is truly an outstanding tribute to the memory of your friend and teammate, Gloria DoodyMaurice D. Gavin, Former Troopers Helping Hands

I know I can speak for all of us at CHERUB that we are extremely pleased that you have chosen us as beneficiaries of your annual “Glory Be To Kids” softball tournament. We are a very young organization who has been in existence for two yearsTom Hauser, CHERUB

We feel that our program became validated that weekend and you have reaffirmed our belief that this program is so very necessary. You’ve touched the hearts of many people, some of whom are yet to be! It is wonderful to know that by caring as much as you do, and sharing so much of yourselves, you have created a beautiful living legacy devoted to the memory of a dear friendJudy Williams, Essential Care Program of Children’s Hospital

In a tournament like this there are no losersMike Randall, WKBW

When we started Special Spaces in Buffalo in 2011, no one was willing to take a chance on us because they had never heard of us. With so many great charitable organizations in WNY, all the big ones got the attention and the donations. Not only did Glory Be To Kids open their hearts to us, they opened their wallet; setting us up for success for the next 5 years!! Glory Be To Kids members are a kind-hearted and generous group, as well as lots of fun to be with! We thank them so very much for their support over the past 5 years and congratulation them on 40 years of successful events!Lynn Weber Wall Special Spaces Buffalo

I would like to thank all of the individuals, companies, vendors, and volunteers who have made the 16th Annual Glory Be To Kids Tournament possible. My staff and I organize fundraising events throughout the whole year and we know that events like your tournament are a huge undertaking. I find it remarkable how your group have found the time to reach your goals so successfully!Barbara L. Almeter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

In reality, though, the event is so much more than just another softball tourney. The group takes on other fundraising ventures as well, all to earn money for selected children’s charities. This is one activity that deserves everybody’s support in the Twin Cities!Bob Salzman/Sports Editor, Tonawanda News

As everyone gathered Sunday night to celebrate the tournament’s conclusion, we were again reminded of our participation. While we, as players, give 100 percent on the field, these women give 200 percent off the field. As Felicia Roggow shared her poem, life’s priorities were heartfelt by all. Each one of us has been blessed with the ability to participate and contribute. There are no losers when all is said and done, for in the end, the children have won.” Lori Szczepaniec, player for Klimek’s Exclusives

I walked into Budwey’s expecting to buy dinner. I walked out smiling because I realized Gloria Doody’s legacy was alive-even after Felicia Roggow died last year. That legacy is a love of good friends and children. In fact, that bond has kept the group together for almost 30 years." Joe Genco, former Sports Editor of the Tonawanda News

"Glory Be To Kids softball tournament is the greatest, bar none. I’d like to thank all the organizers for donating their time and all the people involved. Thanks again!" Unknown

“God bless the girls from Dom Polski" Angela Klis, Spina Bifida

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