An all-day softball tournament will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Forest Park to help raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit group that empowers, honors and aids wounded veterans when they return home from a war.

A noon ceremony is planned with national anthem, flag and band presentations as well

as a short speeches honoring the wounded servicemen and women. The event will also feature live music by the pop rock cover band AM/FM as well as food and beverages served up by Forest Park businesses Amelia’s and Chalk.

Admission is free. Funds are being raised by teams, sponsors and sales of food and drink.

“The needs of wounded veterans can be varied and difficult to deal with,” said Chris Harris, the fundraiser organizer. “They might need prosthetic limbs, surgery, psychiatric counseling, medication and more — things that go beyond the care of a VA hospital. Taking a few moments of our time to see the ceremony and have a beer and a bite to eat, and in turn raise some money for these heroes, is the least we can do.”

The event begins 10 a.m. at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. A version of softball called “mushball” will be played, in which a 14-inch softball is used. Similar to 16-inch softball, men do not wear gloves.

Anyone with questions or who are interested in participating, sponsoring can contact Chris Harris at 708-689-9857 or

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