MSA, city partner for warriors fundraiser

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Mustang Softball Association and city of Mustang have partnered to host the second annual Warriors for Freedom fundraiser.

Troy Schweinbert with MSA and Mustang Parks and Recreation’s Nic Bailey helped spearhead the event, which will raise funds to help military veterans and their families, said Scott Deatherage, Warriors for Freedom Foundation vice president of veteran affairs and media relations.

“We are thrilled at the support Warriors for Freedom has received from the Mustang Softball Association and the city of Mustang,” Deatherage said.

The fundraiser will be held April 11-13 in Mustang. The tournament will include all age groups of girls fast-pitch softball. Entry fees for each team are $75 for T-ball and $175 for all other age groups. There is a three-game guarantee format, Schweinberg said.

This year’s master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan. On Sept. 22, 2010, Dunagan lost both legs and his left arm after his patrol in Afghanistan encountered an IED. The tournament honors Dunagan and Oklahoma fallen service members. All proceeds will benefit Warriors for Freedom Foundation, Deatherage said. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support to military and their families with activities, mental health assistance and wellness, as well as awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and combat stress reaction.

“Oklahoma residents have provided this country with strong military personnel and unparalleled patriotism,” said retired U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido, founder of Warriors for Freedom Foundation. “This event will help us make an even more dramatic impact right here in central Oklahoma.”

Pulido knows the impact of assistance for Oklahoma’s military families. He served almost 19 years in the Army and was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2004.

“We want this event to bring in all cities within Canadian County to help support this great cause,” Schweinberg said.

To register for the tournament or for more information, go to www.mustangsoftballassociation.org or www.okball.com.