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Paris Optimist Foundation Preparing For Annual Baseball Bash And Auction

Paris, TX – The Paris Optimist Foundation (POF) invites the public to attend their Annual Baseball Bash & Auction on Saturday, October 14, from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm.

The annual dinner, dance, and auction event will be at the Love Civic Center, and Savory Sisters Catering is bringing the food. D. J. Randy Nation provides the entertainment, and Paris Mobile Bar provides the drinks. A wide variety of silent and live auction items will be available for bidding. Tickets are optional to attend only the Auction that begins at approximately 6:30 pm and the dance immediately following the Auction.

POF proudly announces Paris Dairy Queen as the Gland Slam sponsor and First Federal Community Bank as the Home Run Sponsor.

The Paris Optimist Club’s “Friend of Youth Honors” will also be presented at the event, and five youth baseball teams that had post-season success during the Diamond Youth Baseball (DYB) all-star competition will be recognized.

The live Auction has 40 items and includes a weekend stay in a beautiful vacation home on Arkansas’ White River; an AQHA stallion breeding session; a kids’ birthday package with cake, treats, snow cones, and a bounce house; a ten-hour rental of Heritage House Party Barn; reserved ballpark parking spaces, and a baseball autographed by the members of the 8U all-stars that won the DYB World Series.

Tickets are $35 each for adults and $15 for those under 21. You can purchase them by contacting Paris Optimist Executive Director Sabra Vaughan at (903) 249-3499 or Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Paris Optimist Foundation supports funding the Paris Optimist Club’s ballpark improvements and programs and also provides scholarships to local graduating seniors. The Paris Optimist Club’s baseball program provided recreational baseball for approximately 700 Lamar County boys and girls in spring 2023, 300 in fall 2023, and 40 Buddy Baseball players.

The Charles Taylor Youth Complex is the only recreational youth baseball facility in Lamar County equipped to host Diamond Youth Baseball tournaments. In 2023, POF awarded $9,000 scholarships to Lamar County graduating seniors who had played Paris Optimist Baseball.

The public can also support the Paris Optimist Foundation through the Kroger Community Rewards Program and the Bill Scholl Memorial Player Assistance Fund donations.

For more information, contact Sabra Vaughan at (903) 249-3499 or