Cody Gentry benefit tournament successful
The benefit softball tournament held at the Manila Ballpark for Cody Gentry was a great success with five women's teams and 10 men's teams participating. The event was coordinated by Renee Parker of Manila who, along with other volunteers, have made Manila benefit tournaments an annual event.
This year's event for Gentry was held Aug. 19-20.
Cody, a police officer in Blytheville, was injured in a car accident while on a call in January.
He is presently in rehabilitation at Timber Ridge in Benton. He and many of his family members were on hand at the ball park offering a helping hand and expressing their appreciation to all of the teams, those who donated, and the workers.
It was a special day as it was Cody's 26th birthday. He is the son of Kenny and Stephanie Rice Gentry.
All of the benefit tournaments are special to Renee but this one was especially close to her heart as Cody is her cousin. She had a birthday cookie cake in his honor. He was presented a golden glove trophy with all of the teams signing the ball.
Donations were given from Randy Hutton, Wagner Medical, Gambles Home Furnishings, Towell and sons, Home Oxygen, Farmers Market, M&M Finishing, Sonic, Douglas Electric, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Robbins, Betty Lester, Dr. Ronald Smith, Blytheville sheet Metal, R.D. Hughes Gin, Little Magical Minds, Fleeman Auto and Realty, and Delta Drug.
Among those who volunteered their time were Brett Sexton, Shantel Nash, Jackie Hill, Justin Hill, Jared Camp, Tracey Kelly, Kristen Stutts, Hannah Flannigan, Brandon Bennett, Gary Holmes and many, many others.
Women's teams participating included Real Skillz, R.D. Hughes Gin, Blytheville Carquest, Orange Crush, and Mustang (Graffix).
Men's teams included Unknowns, Bad Boyz, Ball Whackers, Team Levee, Ball Busters, Wolf Pack, M.F.O., Hustlers, Sexton Lawn Care, and Benchwarmers.
The rain delayed the tournament but the players did not complain about having to wait or playing in a little mud. They were there to show their support for Gentry.
Cody Gentry Softball Tournament tee shirts were presented to the winning teams. Taking the championship in the men's division was The Unknowns. The women's champion team was Real Skillz.
The Tournament raised $6,000. Renee expressed her appreciation to everyone who helped.
"We could not have done it without all of the donations and volunteers," she said.