Hundreds of softball players are filling Victoria’s Topaz Park this weekend. They’ve come from around BC to play ball, and raise funds, and this year’s edition of the Michael Dunahee Tournament of hope is especially poignant, as the Dunahee family marks a difficult anniversary.
The tournament began 25 years ago, the same summer then 4-year-old Michael Dunahee went missing in Victoria. Every year since, slopitch players have come together to raise funds to support Child Find BC, as well as to show their support for the Dunahee family.
Twenty-four teams are taking part in this year’s tournament, and Michael’s mother Crystal Dunahee says the event remains as important as ever.
“It’s hard to believe its been 25 years, but it’s one of those things where you just continue to do what we need to do to keep the hope for Michael and for all of us,” she said. “The support that we have from the teams that come out and throughout the different events that we put on is just amazing, it’s really helpful.”
The tournament began Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon.