NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— On Aug. 19-21, the sixth annual Tom Bigler Memorial Softball Tournament was held at Pietsch’s Gardens Cooperative at Peach Lake. This event is held in memory of Tom Bigler, a local resident who was lost five years ago to lung cancer. Bigler was an avid  and talented softball player and outdoorsman. In an effort to raise funds for lung cancer research, his family and friends put together a benefit softball tournament in 2011. Each year the tournament honors a past Peach Lake resident. This year’s tournament honored Mr. Walter “Red” Glenn, who was a summer resident for many years.

The tournament weekend began with a women’s game Friday night. The men’s tournament consisted of eight teams with participants from the various lake communities surrounding Peach Lake, local teams, and even two teams from Tom’s hometown, College Point, Queens. Over 200 family members, friends and spectators enjoyed the games, food and dancing the night away to the music of DJ Joseph Carricato. The competition was fierce as many of these teams return each year to compete for the championship and bragging rights. After some intense games, the 2016 champion is Lake Team from Peach Lake. Peter Loeb of the Bash Brothers team from Queens was the home run champ for the second time.

Over $14,000 was raised to benefit LUNGevity Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, chosen by the Glenn family, and the Tom Bigler Scholarship Fund at North Salem High School.

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Many thanks to all the volunteers who help to make this tournament a success each year.

The tournament committee would also like to gratefully acknowledge the following local businesses and donors for their continued support of this event: Pietsch’s Garden Cooperative, Pamal Broadcasting K104, WHUD and The Peak, Steve Arocho and Major League Baseball, Bill Pearson and Poland Springs, Coca-Cola, Aversano’s Restaurant, Manhattan Beer, Bobby Soto and Peach Lake Market and BBQ, Eric Pugliese and Robert Tranchida, Sport Tech Construction, DJ Joseph Carricato, Madalyn Dahlke, The Braz Family, The Loftus Family, Anthony Amitrano, Richie Heslin, Maryellen and Jim Bohren, Rob and Virginia Glenn, Ken and Joan Ford, Salem Golf Club, Pequenakonck Golf Club, Rock Ridge Country Club, Splash Car Wash, Croton Creek Steakhouse, Michael’s Jeweler (Pandora), 121 Restaurant, Farmer and the Fish, Rraci’s Restaurant, Las Mananitas, Seaford Bagels, Kingsley’s Deli & Pizzeria, Frangelina’s Deli and Cafe, Lou’s Deli and Salads, John Moore’s Deli Hauppauge LI, Bruno’s Pizzeria, Value Village, Dandy Foods, The Bagel Shop, Coppola’s Pizzeria, Market Place, Panda House, Trader Joe’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks Danbury, Bounce! Trampoline Sports Danbury, Red Rooster, Peachwave Brewster, Eveready Diner, Mill Plain Diner, O’Brien’s Pub, Max 40 Restaurant, Home Depot Brewster, Stop & Shop Danbury, New Fairfield, Greenwich; Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits, Warehouse Wines and Liquor, Kelly’s Corner, Dermaglow, Portofino’s Pizza and Pasta, Brewster; Gaetano’s Pizza, Salem Pizza, Mia’s Pizza, Mezza Luna, Tuscanero’s Pizza, Vera’s Pizza and Pasta and Brewster Screen Printing, Inc.

Anyone interested in donating can send a check to Tom Bigler Memorial Softball Tournament c/o Barbara Bigler at 55 Mill Plain Road Unit 7-3, Danbury, CT 06811. For further information please email:

This article was submitted by Barbara Paesano. Look for more photos of the tournament in next week’s edition of North Salem News.