Sara Softball tournament to raise violence awareness

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s been a little more than year, since a woman was murdered inside her La crosse apartment.

Twenty year-old Sara Hougom was shot to death after she confronted a man who came in, and tried to take her purse.

The Chi Phi Fraternity at UW-L is holding the first annual Sara Softball tournament this weekend.

It will benefit the La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network and the UW-L Violence and Prevention Office.

“We just wanted to reach out to our community and be let known that violence awareness is a problem in our community,” said Sara’s boyfriend Scott Hogan.

The tournament is full, but people are welcome to come watch and volunteer.

There will also be food, music, yard games and a tent available for people to get information if they have experienced or seen violence.

“We really want people to collaborate, we want to show that we’re here for each other, that we have each other’s back,” said Chi Phi President Adam Pannier.

Pannier said he hopes the event will grow in the future.

And he and Hogan said the tournament would mean a lot to Sara.

“Sara would really appreciate this. I know she’s looking down knowing that it’s going to be a fun filled weekend,” said Pannier.

“She would definitely like this, and she would think that we were doing a good job in memorializing her as well as trying to get rid of the violence here,” said Hogan.

Sara Softball starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

It’s at Reuter Field on the UW-L Campus.

Admission is free, but donations will be taken.

They’ll also be selling T-shirts for $10 and buttons for a $1.

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