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Softball tournament to raise money for cemeteries

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Families with loved ones who are buried in city run cemeteries said some housekeeping is in order.

Tight budgets often leave little money for upkeep. So the cemeteries don't get the maintenance city officials would like.

A new tournament, Home Runs for Headstones, plans to raise money for the maintenance and renovations to three deteriorating cemeteries in Saginaw.

The tournament takes place in the middle of August in Saginaw.

Tournament organizers would like to repair a chapel and an old office for use again in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

"This is a really high volume cemetery and by converting those two chapels it will give families who have lost a loved one much more access to use the chapels when they're doing interments and burials," said Megan Michels, tournament organizer.

It's not just the facilities in the cemeteries the organizers want to take care of, but they want to make them look better. They're also worried about the headstones.

"We want to make sure that any headstones that are in dire need of what's called a raise and level are taken care of properly. So what they do is they raise up the headstone and kind of resurface under it so it's not tipping over and falling," Michels said.

Organizers would like to raise $10,000 through the first tournament. They hope to turn it into an annual event. They also want to use part of the money raised from the tourney to make sure the grass is mowed at the cemeteries.

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