PEORIA - Better Banks just kicked off a fundraiser for the Brad Wallin Memorial Baseball Tournament. During the month of May, Better Banks will be collecting cash donations at all branches for the Brad Wallin Memorial Baseball Tournament. For every donation received of $5 or more, Better Banks will give the donor a commemorative squishy baseball. 

The tournament is a fundraiser for St. Jude started by Brad Wallin’s parents in his memory. Brad died in 2003 at the age of 10 after a courageous fight with a rare form of bone cancer that eventually metastasized in his lungs, killing him within a year of his original diagnosis. Brad loved baseball and after his death, his parents organized the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament. The tournament started in their hometown of Chillicothe and has since expanded to include the greater Central Illinois area. The tournament officially became affiliated with St. Jude in 2008, and since that time they’ve donated more than $734,000 to St. Jude Kids. 

All funds collected will be given to St. Jude, on behalf of the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament, after the 2019 tournament. Better Banks is proud to support such a meaningful event, for a local family. 

The Brad Wallin Memorial Baseball Tournament is a competitive tournament that promotes youth baseball, sportsmanship and philanthropy. The tournament takes place May 29 through June 2 at just about every ball field in the greater Peoria area. Teams come from Springfield, Champaign, Kewanee, Dixon, Astoria and every town in between. In 2018, 338 teams competed in the tournament. 

For more information on the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament visit BradWallinTourney.com.