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Softball Tourney Remembers Sinnott


Post 229 Commander Anthony Palladino offers remarks at the opening ceremony of the softball tournament dedicated to the memory of former Post Commander Raymond Sinnott. Looking on are, from left, Utica Mayor David Roefaro, Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, Congressman Michael Arcuri, Carol Sinnott and daughter, Tammy, and VVA Chapter 944 President Thomas Buono.
(Photo by JOE FRACCOLA)

Opening Ceremony Features Remarks
By VVA, Post 229 and Political Leaders

UTICA, AUG 31, 2010 -- The 14th Kid Memorial Foundation Softball Tournament took place Aug. 21-22 at Wankel Field and was dedicated to the memory of Vietnam veteran and former Post 229 commander Raymond Sinnott, who died earlier this year.

The co-ed tournament was organized by the Sinnott family and volunteers, with proceeds benefitting Vietnam Veterans of America Utica Chapter 944.

The opening ceremony was held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 21, featuring color guards from American Legion Post 229 and Notre Dame NJROTC. Thomas Buono, president of VVA Chapter 944, led off the remarks, and Jessica Lawrence sang the National Anthem.

Congressman Mike Arcuri presented a flag flown over the Capitol to Ray Sinnott’s widow, Carol Sinnott. Also speaking were Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito and Utica Mayor Dave Roefaro. 

Utica Post 229 Commander Anthony Palladino offered remarks, and post color guard captain Mike Cavanaugh presented a plaque to the Sinnott family. 

With final remarks from Buono, taps was played by Vin Zaleski from Post 229. A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Carol Sinnott and play resumed.

Saturday's games were completed, but Sunday's games were played in a shorten version due to steady downpours.

The winning team was Uncle Joe’s from Ithaca, NY and the second place team was Steinbrenners from Watertown. NY. The winner of the raffle was Steve Coleman from Utica.

Raymond Sinnott
And the 14th Kid
Memorial Foundation

By THOMAS BUONO

Ray Sinnott was a proud Marine, and Veteran.  He was past Commander of AL Post 229 and a member of the Color Guard.  He was an active member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944 and member of the Honor Guard.  He was a member of VFW Post 9591, 40/8 Voiture 92, DAV Chapter 82, and the Marine Corps League. 

Ray's family formed the "14th Kid Memorial Foundation".  Ray came from a large family of 15 children, and Ray was the 14th child. That is how Ray became known as "The 14th Kid", which his license plate on his vehicle indicated.

The actual Co-Ed Softball Tournament was organized by his daughter Tammy and other family members and friends. 

The VVA Chapter 944 was asked to help with an Opening Ceremony and other functions throughout the games.