David's Dreamers
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For the second year, David's Dreamers will host a charity softball tournament home run derby, and celebrity game for Alzheimer's awareness in the memory of David Thompson who passed away from the disease last November. In the annual event's second year, it will feature a kickoff dinner Friday, on top of Saturday's events at Oak Hall Regional Softball Complex in Boalsburg. Michael Mister is the event's organizer and he met David Thompson, whom the charity event is named after, while working as David's habilitation aide, and the two became inseparable. Michael told us, "He was like a mini-me, he was my best friend, and he was always the life of the party." David's condition quickly worsened after being diagnosed with the disease, to the point he was a shell of himself. This was heartbreaking for Michael, and inspired him to make a difference in raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease. The weekend gets going on Friday with a kickoff dinner at the Nittany Valley Event Center which will feature former Penn State Football greats, and local musician Josh Gallagher from NBC's The Voice. There will be a meet and greet, and Josh will perform a 1:30 minute acoustic show with his newest music. Dinner and drinks are included, and tickets cost $45 per person. As of Wednesday morning, David's Dreamers still had about 75 tickets left to sell, and the hope was to sell the event out entirely. Saturday's events begin with a double-elimination softball tournament which gets underway bright and early. Around noon, the tournament ends and the celebrities will compete in a home run derby, before an hour long softball game which begins shortly after the end of the derby at Oak Hall Regional Softball Complex.