The East Clinton Playing With Purpose Alumni Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 8 raised money for East Clinton 2006 graduate Josh Curtis, who is recovering from surgery that removed a brain tumor earlier this fall.
The tournament was hosted by the EC Volleyball Program and East Clinton Sports Boosters.
Curtis, 34, has dedicated his life and career to serving our country as an active member of the United States Air Force for the past 15 years, according to a news release. He was recently diagnosed with a grade 3 astrocytoma brain tumour. He and his wife Jenna have a son, Ezra, 5, and a daughter, Josie, 1.
There was a pancake breakfast sponsored by Dayton’s Moeller Brew Barn, courtesy of Randall Davis and his family. A raffle and auction was also held to raise money for Curtis.
The tournament featured 27 players from East Clinton promotions dating back to 1998. The team of McKenzie Pence (2022), Kelsi Lilly (2022), Gracie Boggs (2021), Gracie Evanshine (2021), Alexis Rolfe (2021), Jericka Boggs (2021) and Katrina Bowman (2021) were the tournament winners.
In total, the event raised $15,050 for Josh and his family.
In addition to the Davis family and Moeller Brew Barn, sponsors, donors and contributors to this event were Jonda Towner, Alisha and Wes Boggs, Shawn Willey, East Clinton Athletic Department, Traditions Restaurant and Catering , EC Alumni, Allen Motors, Vital Fitness, Peggy Hickey of Loan Depot, Penny Moore CPA, Wilmington Savings Bank, Bub Griffith Construction, Peelle Law Offices, State Farm Insurance Carrie Zeigler, Wilmington Chiropractic, LT Land Development, New Life Clinic, R&L Carriers, CED Concrete Designs, Curtis Concessions, Debold Builders, Stanley family, Farm Credit Jeffrey Hoak, Brown Funeral Homes, Peelle Lundy Cliffton Realtors, Littleton Funeral Homes, Kevin and Judy Croghan, Sabina Church of Christ, McGraw family , Larrick Construction, Mean Jeans Salon and Modern Woodman.
Josh Curtis with the winning team of Gracie Boggs, Gracie Evanshine, Alexis Rolfe, Kelsi Lilly, Jericka Boggs, McKenzie Pence and Katrina Bowman.
Josh and his daughter share the story of his trip with everyone present
Josh with his wife and children