MECHANICSVILLE, Md. — Now in their 10th year, the Clements Cuties Foundation recently held a check presentation to recognize this year’s scholarship recipients and honor the various sponsors that helped raise about $150,000 to help bring awareness to childhood cancers.
For those who do not know, Clements Cuties was formed by a group of male softball players who would dress as ladies and play softball games for charities in the 1970s. The event was eventually recreated, and it has been going strong since.
However, the first few years they held this event for the St. Mary’s County women’s softball league. For the next year, they dedicated the game to a couple of young girls who lost their mother. Then, they switched to childhood cancer, which has been the theme for the past seven years.
The foundation is often known for giving out scholarships to sick children.
Last year’s and this year’s recipients were honored in this presentation because the softball game and the presentation were canceled last year.
Since the three recipients from last year received less money, as a likely result of the pandemic, they were given another check to make up for what they might have had. At first, they got a check for $16,000, and then they received another check for $18,000 after receiving this year’s wave of donations.
Clements Cuties uses another portion of the fundraising proceeds to financially assist high school soccer and softball players.
According to the event coordinator, Ricky Ryce, some of their main sponsors included the American Legion Post 155, the Casoni family, the Leonardtown Wildcats, Guy Distributing, Cryers Back Road Inn, the Mechanicsville Braves, and many more.
“We get a lot of support out of the community, and it’s not only just businesses. It’s family members. It’s friends. They do not just provide financial support,” Ryce said. “This community loves what we are doing with our foundation. They love to help the kids on the foundation and follow their progress. We can’t do what we do without them [the community].”
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