6th Annual “Click It for Cassie” Foundation Softball Tournament

The Sixth Annual “Click It for Cassie” Foundation Softball Tournament–

Enjoy Food, Fun and Watch 10 Teams Compete,

Saturday, August 23, Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, CT

The Geary Family

The Geary Family

August 5, 2014, Norwalk, CT: On Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., the Geary family will host the Sixth Annual Click It for Cassie Softball Tournament at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. The rain date will be Sunday, August 24. Enjoy watching 10 softball teams from around Fairfield County compete for prizes. There will be plenty of food throughout the day provided by Rudy and Cindy Jiminez and the “Pickles Food Truck” and a variety of baked goods made by Cassie’s friends. The Gearys also welcome sponsors Baywater Properties, Fairfield County Bank and Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Co. Insurance who are helping to offset the cost of this fundraiser. There will be t-shirts, beach bags and magnets for sale, and “Click It for Cassie” bumper stickers will be given away to promote seatbelt awareness. All proceeds will go to the Click It for Cassie Foundation.

Anne and Tom Geary along with Cassie’s siblings Shane and Chelsea started the foundation in 2008 to bring attention to the life-saving importance of wearing seat belts. The Gearys are Norwalk residents and owners of the Geary Gallery/Accent Framing & Restoration in Darien. They lost their 17-year-old daughter, Cassie, when she lost control of her car in bad weather and was killed due to blunt trauma injuries. The police told her parents that if she had been wearing her seat belt, she would have survived — she was only going 30mph.

The “Click It for Cassie” bumper sticker, in the shape of a seat belt, has gained in popularity since 2008. It can be seen on thousands of cars throughout Southwestern Connecticut, and the message has spread across the country. When seen by other drivers, the bumper sticker is a reminder to slow down, click their seat belt, and stop the senseless loss of life that can come from not wearing one. As Cassie’s father, Tom Geary stated, “If our campaign helps just one person walk away from an otherwise deadly accident, it makes us feel that Cassie is working with us and did not die in vain.” For those who remember or have heard of Cassie, it is also a tribute to her life.

As Tom Geary stated, “This event is our only fundraiser of the year, and the money raised allows us to continue spreading the `Click It for Cassie` message about seat belt safety to young people.”

Statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34. The Geary family’s goal has been to bring the importance of wearing seat belts to drivers, especially teens. The Cassie message did just that in 2009 when four of Cassie’s classmates and “Click It for Cassie” volunteers walked away from an accident in which their SUV rolled over. There were no serious injuries, as all were wearing their seat belts.

The public is encouraged to join with Cassie’s classmates, friends and like-minded neighbors to enjoy the day and watch an old-fashioned family-friendly softball tournament on Saturday, August 23 (rain date will be Sunday, August 24) to enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade desserts. For more information about the event, please contact Tom Geary at 203-515-1058, or to make a donation to the foundation in Cassie’s name, visit www.clickitforcassie.com.

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The media is invited and encouraged to cover this event, and Tom Geary is available for interviews on the subject of driving safety and the importance of seat belts. For more information or to schedule a media interview, contact Tom Geary at 203-515-1058 or tom.geary@gearygallery.com.