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Local family to host benefit softball event

MEXICO — A local family has decided to spread the wealth to those in need.

Gary Lee Miller Jr. and Amber Foose-Miller are hosting their fifth annual benefit softball tournament today at Walker Township Park in Juniata County.

The community, friends and family came up with the idea of the first of what would become an annual benefit softball tournament.

After the success of the benefit, the couple decided to continue to help a different family every year.

Their first family to help was for Trent Phillips family and they raised $1,870.

This year, all benefits will go to the family of Kyler Sheetz.

Kyler Sheetz is 6 years old with stage 3 malignant melanoma and goes for treatment at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

The couple started this event in 2015 in loving memory of their daughter Harper Lynn Miller who had a birth defect called Heterotaxy syndrome.

Amber Miller wants her daughter’s memory to live on.

“Gary and I swore till the day we died we would make Harper’s name live on forever and in doing so we would allow social media such as Facebook and Instagram nominate local families with a child or children in need of medical necessities, we’d throw the tournament and every single penny raised that day would be presented to them at the end of the championship game,” Foose-Miller said.

The couple would like to thank all who reached out putting a team in, made the shirts new design, donated a basket or an item in the concession stand.

Foose-Miller wants this event to live on.

“It is knowing that every year we are going to meet an incredible family and make them apart of our huge community family and friends,” she said.

A concession stand will be present, softball games, T-shirts, bracelets and facepaints. There will also be a silent auction that includes tickets the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns football game on Nov. 14.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Walker Township Park. Face painting starts at 10 a.m., the championship game starts at 6:45 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.

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