Fundraising event

Nathan Robertson Family Fun Weekend huge hit around town

Softball, cornhole, road race and many other activities attract hundreds
By Staff | Aug 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Brenda Porter No Fuss Polish, champions of the coed softball tournament.

Thomaston — Event organizer Jared Porter said he is “at a loss for words” from the outpouring of community support at the Nathan Robertson Family Fun Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.

However, the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation is not at a loss for funds. Not at all.

At the end of the weekend, which included a coed softball tournament, cornhole tournament, pig roast, fast-pitch contest, 5-kilometer road race, dunk tank and a children's zone carnival, the foundation raised a whopping $11,400.

It is the first time the foundation has raised more than $10,000. In the previous two years, they raised a combined $15,000.

It started four years ago when Jared and his wife Jackie Porter sold wreaths for $200, which were donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital.

And, four years later, it has turned into a sizable event. That makes a sizable difference.

“We are sending our application for assistance to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital [and] they will refer families who need the help to us,” said Porter. “We have the funds after this event to be able to help multiple families this year. That’s something we haven’t been able to do in the past, so it’s a very exciting time for us.”

Robertson was a 2006 Georges Valley High School graduate who played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Buccaneers. He passed away in 2008 after a three-year battle with desmoplastic small round cell tumor.

Porter said the Nathan Robertson board of directors — Jacky Porter, Brenda Porter, Courtney Porter-Tetreault, Megan Marquis, Dean Cline, Sierra Sprague, Dustin Cline, Crystal Libby, Joshua Libby, Shawn Wallace, Rhonda Smith, Nichole Vose and Michael Thomas — “deserve so much recognition for their time and efforts in the last eight months of planning this event.

The coed softball tournament began with 10 teams and saw a rematch of last year’s championship under the lights at the Thomaston Little League Field, as No Fuss Polish — which played under a different name last year — avenged last year’s loss with a 22-7 win over the Knox County Benchwarmers.

Team members for No Fuss Polish included Shawn Hiller, Greg Knight, Sarah Hiller, April Dickey, Andrew Rodgers, Mike Kee, Ryan Allender, Kylee Veilleux, Ryan Blackman, Nat Winchenbach and Rick Bagnall.

Porter said team captains Shawn Hiller and Greg Knight accepted the championship trophy and donated the $500 cash prize for the winning team back to the foundation.

He added that eight-year-old Karsyn Mann of Oakland, the guest of honor of the weekend, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mann, who has bone cancer and had to have her left leg amputated, was a primary beneficiary of the organization’s generosity last year as they bought her a new bed, Nintendo Switch for while she is at chemotherapy treatments and a $1,000 shopping spree.

In the cornhole tournament, Team X, comprised of Gary Ashley and John Clavette, went undefeated on way to a dominating championship win. Team X received a complimentary set of cornhole boards and a $500 cash prize.

Porter said, at the conclusion of the tournament, they presented a complimentary set of cornhole boards to Nathan’s parents, Kevin and Patty, signed by the entire board of directors.

The remaining eight sets were sold for $200 apiece, with the money donated back to the foundation.

Twenty-seven participated in the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K road race on Sunday, Aug. 11, as Christopher Bustard won with a time of 20 minutes and 15 seconds.

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Karsyn Mann of Oakland, the guest of honor, tosses a ceremonial pitch to Lee Smith. Mann's mother, Danielle, is back left, along with Jackie Porter. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Karsyn Mann of Oakland, the guest of honor, after her ceremonial pitch to Lee Smith, left. Mann's mother, Jackie, is at right. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Cornhole tournament winners Gary Ashley, right, and John Clavette. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Sunflowers at Nathan Robertson's burial site. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
With the autographed cornhole boards are, from left, Jackie Porter, Patty Robertson, Kevin Robertson and Jared Porter. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Tossing action at the cornhole tournament. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe in the dunk tank. (Courtesy of: Brenda Porter)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Jared Porter | Aug 13, 2019 17:25

Great article! Thank You!

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