STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) –– Families and friends are turning out to the Struthers inaugural softball tournament Sunday morning for good fun and a good cause.
The proceeds will benefit a veteran of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office who’s battling cancer, Deputy Anthony Divito.
“We are totally overwhelmed by the support from the community,” said Sherry Trolio-Divitio, Anthony’s wife.
Anthony, or Tony as his friends call him, is a 21-year veteran of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office battling stage 4 kidney cancer. He was diagnosed in 2019.
Despite surgery, the cancer has spread to his entire body.
“Unfortunately, he has a very rare form of kidney cancer. There is no treatment for him,” Sherry said.
He’s been battling cancer for three years but has continued to work at the sheriff’s office.
Citizens and law enforcement officers from all over the valley came to show their support and help raise money for Anthony’s family.
“We’re here to have a good time, raise some money and win,” said Mike Safarek, a player at the event.
Each team paid $200 to sign up for the event, “Dingers for Divito,” a double elimination tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.
There was food, drinks, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a chance to win two guns.
Once at the tournament, anyone could bid in the silent auction or raffles.
Youngstown boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini even donated signed boxing gloves and wine.
“I’m overwhelmed by so much support, that everybody loves me,” Anthony said.
So, even if the individual players struck out, this tournament was a home run.
“I appreciate everybody coming out to help me,” Anthony said. “I love everybody.”