Softball tourney planned to benefit Click It for Cassie
Updated 11:17 am, Saturday, July 30, 2011
On Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Geary family will host the third annual Click It for Cassie Softball Tournament at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. The rain date will be Aug. 21.
The public is invited to this benefit to cheer on the many local teams that will be competing. Herb's Local Vending Truck will be back, providing breakfast, lunch and an assortment of food throughout the day, plus a variety of baked goods made by several of Cassie's friends. Proceeds will go to the Click It for Cassie Foundation.
Founded in 2008 by Anne and Tom Geary, Norwalk residents and business owners of the Geary Gallery on Boston Post Road in Darien, the foundation brings attention to the importance of wearing seat belts and the lives they save.
In 2008, the Geary's 17-year-old daughter, Cassie, lost control of her car in bad weather and was killed due to blunt trauma injuries. The police told her parents that if she had been wearing her seat belt she would have survived.
Statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34. The Geary family's goal has been to bring the importance of wearing seat belts to drivers, especially teens.
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The "Click It for Cassie" bumper sticker, in the shape of a seat belt, is attention-getting and gaining in popularity. It can be seen on thousands of cars throughout southwestern Connecticut, and the message has spread across the country. When seen by other drivers, the bumper sticker is a reminder to slow down, click their seat belt, and stop the senseless loss of life that can come from not wearing one.
For those who remember or have heard of Cassie, it is also a tribute to her life.
"If our seat belt awareness campaign helps just one person walk away from an otherwise deadly accident, it makes us feel that Cassie is working with us and did not die in vain," Tom Geary said.
Their message did just that in 2009, when four of Cassie's classmates and "Click It for Cassie" volunteers walked away from an SUV accident in which it rolled over. There were no serious injuries, as all were wearing their seat belts.
The public is encouraged to join with Cassie's classmates, friends and like-minded neighbors for an old-fashioned family-friendly softball tournament to enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs and home made desserts.
For more information about the event, contact Tom Geary at 203-515-1058, or to make a donation to the foundation in Cassie's name, visit www.clickitforcassie.com.