A fundraiser for the Debbie Borcher Memorial Green Space
2019 field of dreams softball tournament
september 13 & 14, 2019
The 2019 Field Of Dreams Softball Tournament was a big success! This year, the financial needs of the Debbie Borcher Memorial Park are minimal so, we decided to have each team pick a charity that would receive the excess funds. The winning team was the “No Hit Wonders” (which, by the way, was not the case. They smashed those balls!). They selected Paula Renaud as their charity. Paula Renaud recently discovered she was in total heart failure. She underwent her the first surgery a few months ago and it was not entirely successful. An emergency second surgery was more successful however, her insurance is not covering a lot of it. She will still need one more surgery before she is fully on the road to recovery. Her insurance will not cover any cardiac rehabilitation therapy. To make matters worse, during the first days of her second recovery, her water heater stopped working. Her father was able to find a replacement water heater but it still needs to be installed. Paula is a great friend to Gestalt and we are excited to see her happy and healthy again. If you would like to donate to Paula, a GoFundMe has been set up in her name.
I would like to thank our sponsors: B&W Ranch, Ken Borcher, The McAleers, Grains of Montana, McClaflin Enterprises, Headwaters Studio, New York Life Insurance Agent Trish Mains-Moulton & Park County Insurance, Dave Johnson Farm and Gestalt Studios. These generous donations make a huge difference!
I would like to thank the captains of the teams: Levi Strickland (The No Hit Wonders) , Andy Simpson (The OFKYABD’s), Heath Worstell (The Heart Mountain Misfits) Dave Johnson (The Heart Mountain Sod Busters), Lindsay Hoffman (The Brewers) and Ken Borcher (The Home Team) for putting such full teams together. It can be a challenge to get people to commit and you guys did a great job!
I would like to thank Dave Johnson and his resources: Dave spends about a week or so mapping out the field, mowing, marking and building the backstop and outfield fence. For some of this, there is specialized equipment he needs to borrow. Thank you to Mike Forman for the use of his huge mower and Powell Recreation District for the use of the stripe maker (I’m sure it has a more technical name!)!
We expanded the tournament and our food this year. We pre-packaged 80 dinners for Saturday night, prepped 125 burgers for lunch on Saturday and planned for 60 dinners on Friday night. Tracy Lohr, FSA rep extraordinaire, not only made sure we had all the food and disposables we needed, made homemade banana bread and cinnamon rolls, she also, arranged for a very nice donation of buns from Grains of Montana. Thank you, Tracy, FSA and Grains of Montana!
I would like to thank Red Lodge Ales for the use of the Mobile Beer Unit and a lovely keg! Thank you, Andy and Sam & Lindsay!!
I would like to thank our volunteers: Alleigh Richardson, Tiana Carter, Dana Worstell, Tracy Lohr, Micky Waddell, Bill & Becky Smith and Denise Kelsay! My organization left a lot to be desired this year but, you all handled the day beautifully! Thank you! Thank you, also, to all the players that hung out and helped with clean-up!
Thank you to all the spectators, friends, family and dogs that came out to cheer the teams on! We had a total of 168 people at the event this year. About half of those were players, the other half just came to watch and have fun! So many people come together to make this event successful! Thank you to each and every one of you!
We are very much looking forward to next year! See you then!
2019 Field of Dreams Details:
Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Field of Dreams Softball tournament benefiting the Debbie Borcher Memorial Park! The tournament will be expanded to 6 teams and 2 fun filled days this year! Captains: It is time to start assembling your teams!
2019 Field of Dreams
When: September 13th and 14th. Schedule to be announced on September 6th. First game will be on the evening of Friday, September 13th.
Where: Johnson Farm: 2028 Lane 11, Powell, WY
Why: First and foremost, we love this event and everything that comes with it! This year, funds will go to putting the finishing touches on the Debbie Borcher Memorial Park. Any excess funds will be given to a charity selected by the winning team
Who: Anyone that wants to have fun and play ball.
Teams must consist of 15 players. No age limit.
$25 per person ($375 per team) entry fee includes at least 2 games, team t-shirt and lunch on Saturday
Team packets must be turned in by September 2nd!
Every player must sign a liability waiver before September 2nd.
Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer form (available now at the Studio)!
Red Lodge Ales will be bringing the MBU once again. Bottomless beer cups are available for $25. Dinner will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday nights. Smoked burgers, chips and snacks will be available for lunch on Saturday.
We will be providing bus transportation to and from the Farm to Table dinner and the Super Saturated Sugar Strings Concert on Friday night!
We would like to encourage everyone to stay camp for the weekend! There is plenty of room!
2018 Field Of Dreams Softball Tournament
The dust has settled and we have closed the books on another amazing Field Of Dreams tournament. 4 very full teams duked it out over the course of the day and had a blast doing it! With such enthusiastic participation and generous donations from our sponsors (Ken Borcher, B&W Ranch, McClaflin Enterprises, The Kaiura-Johnson Family, The McAleers, New York Life Agent Trish Moulton and #152 Johnson) we were able to raise just over $3200 for the Debbie Borcher Memorial Park. It is a truly spectacular event that we look forward to. It would not be as successful without the help of incredible people. I would like to say “Thank you” to those who helped us pull it off…
We try to start the planning at least a few weeks in advance. First, we need to order supplies (T-shirts, bottomless beer cups, food…) To do this, we need to start with an accurate count of players. To that end, I would like to thank the captains of the teams: Frank Fagan (The Heart Mountain Misfits), Andy Simpson (The OFKYABD’s), Dave Johnson (The Heart Mountain Sod Busters) and Levi Strickland (The Gestalt Ding Dangs) for putting such full teams together. It can be a challenge to get people to commit and you guys did a great job!
Once the supplies arrive, we need to print the team and T-shirts. This is a task that we here at Gestalt, being an art studio, have chosen to take on ourselves. It is a time consuming labor of love. This year, Rebecca Weed (the master of all things printed) and I were able to print 132 shirts in just over 10 hours. So, a great big huge Thank you to Rebecca. Not only for your substantial time and effort but, for your seemingly endless knowledge of all things art!
Dave spends about a week or so mapping out the field, mowing, marking and building the backstop and outfield fence. For some of this, there is specialized equipment he needs to borrow. Thank you to Mike Forman for the use of his huge mower and Powell Recreation District for the use of the stripe maker (I’m sure it has a more technical name!)! Garrison Field never looked better!
Next, it is on to the food. We planned on feeding roughly 150 people for this event. Tracy Lohr, FSA rep extraordinaire, not only made sure we had all the food and disposables we needed but, very generously donated a large quantity of meat and arranged for a very nice donation of buns from Grains of Montana. Thank you, Tracy, FSA and Grains of Montana!
More food preparations… Alleigh was in charge of hand pattying 150 ½ pound hamburgers. Despite running out of storage containers, she got it done in record time (with a little help from Levi). On Friday, the day before the tournament, Dave smoked a whopping 14 racks of ribs, 48 chicken thighs and 12 whole chickens and Barbara made 100 servings of her favorite black bean recipe. From there, Barbara and I pre-made 45 chicken and rib dinners (complete with the black beans and cornbread) for Saturday night. Thank you, Dave, Barbara, Alleigh and Levi for all the help with the food!
And, Drink… Andy Simpson from Red Lodge Ales rolled in with the Mobile Beer Unit mid afternoon on Friday. Red Lodge Ales donated the use of the MBU and a keg of the most delicious Montandy Shandy! Thank you, Andy and Sam & Lindsay!!
Saturday morning started off with the most beautiful sunrise and an energetic volunteer crew! Our Volunteer Coordinator was Barbara Johnson assisted by Alleigh Richardson – the women with the answers! Denise Kelsay and Mickey Waddell had the arduous task of getting everyone signed in, collecting money and checking ID’s. (You guys were impressively organized)! Tiana Carter bravely set up and led the concessions team: Rebecca Weed and Alethea Durney on lunch service (those burgers were amazing!), Bill and Becky Smith working the MBU like pros and Tiana and Herli Wright serving up dinners. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Barbara, Alleigh, Denise, Mickey, Tiana, Rebecca, Alethea, Bill, Becky and Herli! You handled the day beautifully!
Thank you to those who were able to capture some moments on film: Mark Davis, Morgan Tyree and Dan Upton! And, Mark Davis, Thank you for the great write-up in the Powell Tribune!
Thank you to all the spectators, friends, family and dogs that came out to cheer the teams on!
Once again, a big Thank you to our sponsors: Ken Borcher, B&W Ranch, McClaflin Enterprises, The Kaiura-Johnson Family, The McAleers, New York Life Agent Trish Moulton and #152 Johnson.
See you next year!
2018 Field of Dreams
Here it is, your 2018 Field of Dreams Schedule:
Game 1: 8 a.m. Gestalt Ding Dangs vs Heart Mountain Sodbusters
Game 2: 9:30 a.m. OFYABD'S vs Heart Mtn. Misfits
Each game is 5 innings or 1 hour, which ever is shorter.
Remember your mitts! And, extras if you have them. And lawn chairs. Bats too if you have a favorite. We have a few extra mitts if you need one.
Just a reminder: Entry fee is $25 per player. This fee includes a 3 game guarantee, team T-shirt and lunch on Saturday - Please make sure you sign your liability waiver and get your entry fee to your team captain before Friday.
Bottomless beer cups will be available for $25. Red Lodge Ales will have the MBU (Mobile Beer Unit) stuffed full of Jacks, Beartooth Pale Ale, Czequemate and the new shandy.
tournament T's will be for sale for $15. With the purchase of a Tournament T-shirt, spectators will have the option of being entered into a drawing to be on the "Garrison Spectators". This team will play just one game at 3:30 vs. the loser of game 5. If there are more than 15 entries, team members will be drawn at random.
Lunch will be available around noon. Combo Meal: Smoked burger, Chips and swiss corn = $7. Candy, water and soft drinks will also be available.
Dinner will be available to everyone Saturday evening starting at 4 (Smoked chicken thigh & 2 ribs, cornbread and black beans = $8) in to go containers for those who need to get home!
There will be a Team Captain and Volunteer meeting Friday night from 5-8 p.m. You are welcome to join us earlier for some pre-game set up. Captains: Entry fees and liability waivers will all need to be turned in at this meeting. Dinner will be provided.
Keep in mind, there are plenty of wonderful camping spots in our yard! If you would like to come on Friday and camp for the weekend, please do!! Or, just stay Saturday night. Please come prepared to stay... just in case!
When: September 15th. First game at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 15th.
Where: Johnson Farm Garrison Field: 2028 Lane 11, Powell, WYu
Why: First and foremost, we love this event and everything that comes with it! This year, funds will go to putting the finishing touches on the Debbie Borcher Memorial Park.
Who: Anyone that wants to have fun and play ball. If you would like to captain a team, you can pick up a packet at Gestalt or track down Dave. (9/12 update: Most teams have been filled but, we have 3-4 more last minute spots left). Also, there will be an opportunity for spectators to participate in a game!
Teams must consist of at least 10 players but, not more than 15. No age limit.
$25 per person entry fee includes a 3 game guarantee, team t-shirt and lunch on Saturday
Team packets must be turned in by September 14th!
Every player must sign a liability waiver before September 15th.
Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer form (available at the Studio)!
Players who would like to play but do not have a team must fill out a standby form (available at the studio). We will try and place you on a team.
Red Lodge Ales will be bringing the MBU once again. Bottomless beer cups are available for $25. Smoked burgers, chips, snacks and water will be available all day on Saturday and for lunch on Sunday.
2017 Field Of Dreams
Thank you to all that participated this weekend! We had a fantastic time and were able to raise over $2000 to install the sprinkler system! Extra special Thanks to our volunteers: Denise Kelsay, Tiana Carter, Bill Smith and Becky Albanese and our Sponsors: Wayne & Pam McClaflin, Ken Borcher, Barbara & Warren Johnson, Sarah & Steve McAleer and Cody Coffee Company! A HUGE High Five to all the teams: The Heart Mountain SodBusters, Gestalt Ding Dangs, Powell Little League All Stars and Boat Anchors and the OFKYABD's. Thank you to Mark from the Powell tribune for the awesome photos - below is a link to the slide show! Great fun was had by all - see you again next year!