The 7th annual "Live Like Houston" Softball Tournament is scheduled for June 29 at Buck Creek Baptist Church's softball field, and proceeds from this year's event will benefit Chad Atherton and his family. This year's theme is "Mission is Possible."
Houston Whitaker was killed in an accident on June 29, 2012. He was very active at Calhoun Baptist Church as a deacon and was loved throughout the community. After the tragedy, very close friends of Houston started the event to raise money for his family and keep his memory alive, and his sisters Shelby and Kristie Whitaker have continued it.
"Not only was it tragic for [his family], it was also tragic for the community," said Kristie.
The event usually raises approximately $6,000 each year.
On May 21, Phillip R. Atherton, 72, and Phillip C. Atherton, 44, were involved in an accident in Livermore. The accident claimed the life of Phillip R. Atherton. The sisters said that the tragic accident that occurred in Livermore last month involving the Athertons hit close to home for them and tugged at their heartstrings.
"So many people want to do something to help, but they don't know how," said Kristie.
Teams pay an entry fee of $175, and the event lasts all day and into the night, depending on how many teams participate. Shirts, homemade pies, Boston Buts and pork loins will also be sold to help raise money. The sisters say that the event would not be possible without the support of the community and volunteers.
For more information or to get involved, contact the Live Like Houston Softball Tournament Facebook page.