A benefit basketball tournament held on Sunday, April 3 at Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro raised $4,000 for the family of Christina “Tina” Torres-York, who died in a tragic automobile accident on March 18 in Washington.
The tournament was organized by Medomak Middle School 7th grade boys basketball coach Skip Starr. Torres-York’s son, Anthony York, was a member of the Riverhawks 7th grade basketball team, Medomak’s 7th grade travel team, and the Medomak elite basketball travel team.
“I coached Anthony during the regular season. I went to school with his mother, and his father and I grew up together. I’ve coached Anthony for seven years between basketball and soccer. I wanted to do something for Anthony from the team,” Starr said.
Torres-York graduated from Medomak Valley in 1988. She married Kenneth “Kenny” York and they lived in Warren.
Starr contacted travel team coaches from Camden and St. George, who jumped at the chance to help with the fundraiser.
MMS basketball “parents helped me organize (the tournament) and get donations of items and baked goods,” Starr said.
All food was donated, including water and sports drinks, pizza, and a table full of sweets. Themed baskets were also raffled off.
The money will go to the family “to help in their time of sorrow. It can be used for funeral expenses or put away for Anthony’s school expense. Whatever they want to do with it,” Starr said.
“I was very, very pleased with the turnout, and the donations that were made,” he said. The community came together as a whole to show support for that family. It was a great turnout from the community; everyone worked well together. I am very happy with the results.”