Butterfly Softball Tournaments

The Butterfly Softball Tournaments are wonderful events that really capture the essence of the life affirmation - Kind and Thoughtful in Everything. From the amazing Nuwer family, to the volunteers, and of course to all the players. The first tournament alone raised over $21,000! More amazing tournaments followed in 2016, 2017 and 2018. During each softball tournament a rainbow appeared.


The Fourth Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament

softball2018The tournament took place on September 15th and 16th, 2018. We thank everyone for their participation in the 4th Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament. We would also like to acknowledge the Nuwer family- Stacey, Jodie, Nick and Aaron, and all the other family members and 50 volunteers that invested countless hours to make this tournament happen. We are grateful for their commitment to this tournament and to The Butterfly Foundation. Simply stated, without them, this tournament would not happen.

Congratulations to all of the teams, and to our tournament winners:

  • U12 Orchard Park Starz
  • U14 NY Intensity


The Third Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament

Softball2017The third Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament, which took place September 15th to 17th, was again a tremendous success. This event has become one of our signature fundraisers, and this year nearly $11,000 dollars was raised. As with all these types of events, it requires the collective efforts of a community to make these events successful.

Thank you to the following people/businesses that helped make this all happen:

  • Town of Elma
  • Kodiak Jack's
  • EMW Football
  • EMW Baseball
  • Advanced Custom Embroidery & Graphics
  • Aurora Outfitters
  • Curtze
  • Dennis Ferris
  • Friday Night Therapy
  • Joe Basil Chevrolet
  • Justin Sledz
  • Meyer Brothers
  • Pepsi Co.
  • Softball Central
  • Tarantino Foods
  • The Schmidle Family
  • United Healthcare
  • US Food Vendors
  • Wales Hotel
  • West Herr
  • And of course, the amazing Nuwer Family that makes ALL of this happen.


The Second Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament

Softball2016The 2nd Annual Butterfly Softball was held at the EMW Creek Road fields in Elma NY September 15-18th. The event started with our six adult teams playing, Team Miller vs Team Vetter , Team Durkin vs Team Nuwer, Team Lina vs Team Catanzaro. The adults had fun and Team Vetter, Nuwer, Catanzaro and Miller moved on to the Friday night round! Friday’s games ended with Team Catanzaro and Nuwer. Due to weather and scheduling conflicts, Team Catanzaro and Team Nuwer ended as co-champs! Thank you to our Adult Co-Ed sponsors Colley’s Pools & Spas, Mooney’s, Parkview Auto Sales, Boss Heating & Cooling, Wales Center Hotel and the Aurora Ice Association for all your support! 

Thursday continued with our Kick Off event, we were excited to have about 80 people come out to O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow to enjoy food, drinks, football, music and friends. Thank you to DJ Joe Steinwachs and the band Friday Night Therapy for the terrific entertainment!! We appreciate those that baked to provide some wonderful desserts to share! Our basket raffle with over 20 prizes and 50/50 raffles were a great success! Guy Thomas was the winner of the door prize… 40” TV that was sponsored by Ken’s Sales & Service! Thank you for all those that came for a great night out!!

The travel games started bright and early Saturday morning! We were excited to host 9 returning teams and welcomed 8 more! The team were: Amherst Lightening (12 and 14U), New York Diamond Girls- Cotton, New York Diamond Girls- Morris, Clarence (12 and 14U), EMW Impact, New York Inferno, West Seneca Magic- Packard, West Magic Magic- Westfield, 716 Select, Hamburg Xtreme, Lakeshore Eclipse, Orchard Park Stars, Southern Tier Elite, U.S.S.S.A Pride and WNY Sting. Lots of fun, laughs and softball was enjoyed by all! Throughout the weekend we saw lots of sunshine and some rain. The rain didn’t keep the girls from having fun…there was even a dance competition among EMW and Diamond Girls as they waited for the go ahead to keep playing! The final 12U game was Diamond Girls-Cotton vs New York Infero and the 14U game was Orchard Park Stars vs Southern Tier Elite. All teams played well! Diamond Girls and Southern Tier Elite took home the Championship award which was championship pins and a framed shadow box with the “Smile in the Sky” rainbow background from last year, a Butterfly Softball event Ticket and a team photo with the championship pins! Congratulations to all! We hope you had a great weekend and took some time to be Kind and Thoughtful in Everything! We can’t wait to have you back next year!

A HUGE shout out to our 40+ volunteers that helped to make this all happen! Our grounds crew was put to the test with the weather and trying to keep up with the wet diamonds! We even had coaches jump in to help get the fields ready! Our concession stand crew was up to the challenge with the rushes looking to enjoy hot dogs, taco in a bag, pizza and snacks between games!! Others helped to sell raffle tickets and countless other activities that started before the event and carried on throughout the weekend! The community outreach was truly amazing to support the event! All our volunteers opened up their hearts and had showed a great attitude while supporting!! We are grateful to US Food vendors, Pepsi Co, Mayer Brothers, Tarantino’s, Bob Schmidle Family, C A Curtze, Jim Basil and Nickel City Sales Inc for all the donations! 

Our t-shirt vendor, Niagara’s First Impressions, was busy making shirts to order with a portion of the proceeds to event! Everyone looked great wearing this year’s logo with the bats, ball and the KATIE butterfly! We had over 25 baskets to raffle with a 24” TV as the door prize donated by West Herr! Our baskets and 50/50 are a huge part of our proceeds! Thank you to all joined in and congratulations to all the winners!

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Softball Tournament raised almost $10,000!!! All proceeds will help to continue the capital projects, Scholarships and KATIE Awards that the foundation supports.

Thank you also to the Town of Elma, EMW Football and EMW Baseball being 100% behind this tournament!  We can’t wait to see you all again next year!!! Until then, play ball and keep in mind to be KATIE; Kind and Thoughtful in Everything!


The First Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament

Softball2015The First Annual Butterfly Softball Tournament was held at the EMW Creek Road fields in Elma September 18-20, 2015. The weekend started off with four Co-ed Adult teams playing a game of slow pitch softball. Team Lina and Team Nuwer won against Team Durkin and Team Miller to move ahead to the championship game. The evening continued at O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow for an adult night out to enjoy the company of friends and family with some food, drinks, basket and 50/50 raffles. We enjoyed music provided by Justin Sledz and wonderful desserts brought in by some of our guests. Lots of laughs and fun had by all!

Saturday morning started with an amazing double rainbow and a light rain as the fields quickly filled with the eight 12U travel teams and four 10U travel teams arriving, eager to get the games started. The fields were ready for action thanks to our volunteer field crew that was up early to ensure all was set after some earlier preparation in the week. As each of the games began, the players, coaches and parents listened to hear what the tournament was all about and the characteristics that we were looking for in players to be awarded the Kind and Thoughtful in Everything (KATIE) award. This event was more than just fundraising and more than playing softball. It was about making the community a better place. The KATIE award is reserved for a special person that creates a positive presence among teams and groups. A few characteristics of a person that may receive this award are he/she appreciates the privilege of participation, goes out of their way to do the right thing, leads by example and displays peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We asked all to watch those around them to look for the qualities that the KATIE award is focused on. We also asked all participants, coaches, parents and spectators to take time to think about the KATIE award characteristics as the girls played or others participated in the weekend’s events. The KATIE award truly set the tone for the weekend! Together we can make the world a better place, one kind and thoughtful gesture after another.

As the games were played, we had many volunteers assisting with the concession stand, basket raffle, 50/50 raffles and t-shirt sales. The concession stand served about 200 tacos in a bag, 60 pizzas and many other great treats. The teams, along with others, donated 32 baskets that were all perfectly put together. The volunteer crew was amazing and truly made the weekend to go as smooth as it did! The rain held out until the end of the day, but forced the co-ed championship game to be postponed.

Sunday morning started with the hustle and bustle of the volunteers preparing the fields, concession stand and other event activities. All teams from Saturday returned along with our EMW Minor Girl Teams. As games ended, the KATIE award was given out to those special girls identified throughout the weekend who displayed the KATIE award characteristics. As teams were eliminated and the final championship occurred, the winning teams were awarded a framed poster with all the signatures of the girls that played within their division. The Minor Girls EMW Threshers, 10U EMW Impact and the 12U Diamond Girls were our winning teams! Great effort by all!! The weekend ended with a smile in the sky…a stunning phenomenon, a rainbow in the shape of a smile.

The weekend was a HUGE success! We had over 200 girls playing, about 1000 people came out to support, about 2 dozen volunteers and many sponsors all joining in to help for this wonderful cause. We were able to contribute over $21,000 to the Butterfly Athletic Park, raise awareness in the community to be kind and thoughtful in all that we do, share lots of laughs and even some tears. The overall support and outreach was incredible and quite frankly a bit overwhelming! We are extremely grateful to the Durkin Family for giving us the opportunity and trust to put this event together!!

An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to each of you that joined in the first annual Butterfly Softball Tournament!! Can’t wait until next year!