QYF to celebrate 60th anniversary

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The Quitman Youth Foundation will celebrate 60 years and a big day is planned for Sunday, Oct. 22 beginning at 1 p.m.

The QYF is seeking more interested people who want to volunteer to work with young people in the community.

The 60th anniversary will be celebrated with a big “Youthtoberfest” which will involve activities for the entire family. QYF currently is in charge of the summer baseball program at Dawson Park and the youth basketball season.

QYF Board President Rodney Kieke is expecting a good turnout for Youthtoberfest. “We are going to have something for everybody and want everyone to bring their family out for a day of fun,” Kieke said. “We are planning on having a coed softball tournament Saturday to raise some funds. We will have a 16-team cap on the tournament and an eight-team minimum.”

Kieke said it will be a day of fun for everyone. “We are going to have a short 30-minute annual meeting at the nutrition center to let people know what we are doing. Then will have team sports, a dunking booth, candy, prizes, three-legged race, tug of war and a corn hole tournament”

There will be a vendor’s fair with arts and crafts in the parking lot and an information booth. Booth space is free, but the organization will ask for donations.

Sunday will kick off with the unveiling of a new sign for the park. It will from now on be known as the Dawson Athletic Complex in honor of the Dawson family who donated the land where the park is located. The foundation hopes to expand the park and add soccer fields in the area where a riding arena used to be for a soccer program.

“Money raised will go to QYF projects and we plan on raising enough funds to give scholarships to Quitman kids. We want to give multiple scholarships in the future,” Kieke added.

Other than Kieke, current QYF officers are Randy Jones, vice-president; Randi Poe, secretary; Teresa Shannon, treasurer and Matt Knutson, sergeant-at-arms. Paige Brown and Billy Poe are also board members.

For more information call Kieke at 972-849-3050.

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