Dear Editor:

I would like to take this time to thank numerous Carbon County businesses that elected to sponsor the 1st Annual Carbon County Soccer Cup. This charitable tournament that will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 will help promote and bring awareness of childhood and adolescent mental health needs through a collaboration with the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation.

The Cup will have all four Carbon County Soccer Clubs competing to determine the best U6, U8, U10, and U12 teams in the county. In all, an estimated 500 recreational soccer players will compete in this tournament.

Even in today's down economy a plethora of local companies were able to make sure that this tournament could be started. These altruistic companies include; Divisional Sponsors 1st National Bank of Palmerton and Claude's Creamery. Field Sponsors include; Claude's Creamery, Tumble w/ Denise, Tim Williams State Farm, Country Junction, Dynamite Woodworking, Wentz Auto Care, PJ Whelihans at Platz, Computer Patrol, Dr. Ronald Sherry (DDS), and Rep Heffley, and Sen. Argall. Goal sponsors include; FJ Lesher Construction, RF Ohl Fuel and Oil, Mortgage Bank America, One Ten Tavern, DeSousa Oil, Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament, and Carbon United.

Thank you, to all the above companies and organizations in Carbon County. Due to your genorosity, the Carbon County Cup will be one of the largest recreational soccer tournamnets in Eastern Pennsylvania. Hopefully with additional support, this tournament will become an annual event that helps raise money for the Bo Tkach Foundation, and provide an outlet for competitive recreational soccer.

Carbon County Cup Board Member

Brian Morgan

Palmerton