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Norwalkers Support Click It for Cassie

NORWALK, Conn. — Ken Olsen forked over $1,500 for the third annual Click It for Cassie Softball Tournament — and for a good reason. "I have a teenage daughter myself and supporting this tournament is a no-brainer," Olson, of POKO Partners, said in a statement.

Cassidy Maureen Geary died in January 2008 at the age of 17, after the car she was driving hit a telephone pole and stone wall. Police said she would have lived if she had been wearing a seatbelt. Click It for Cassie encourages youth to wear seatbelts.

The Norwalk Police Union, Local 1727, also supported the cause with a $250 donation. Tom Geary, Cassie's father, expressed appreciation in a statement. "This is our one and only fundraiser of the year," he said this week. "The money raised allows us to continue our outreach in the community bringing awareness, especially to young people, about the 'Click It for Cassie' message."

"As Norwalk police officers, we want to educate all drivers, especially young drivers, about the importance of seatbelt safety," said Tom Roncinske, president of the Norwalk Police Union. "Not only is it the law, but buckling up can literally save lives."

Geary, owner of Geary Gallery in Darien, also thanked state Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, for his help in soliciting the two donors. "I spoke to Bob about our increased costs this year and the need for financial help. Within days, he gave me the great news about these wonderful sponsors. I am very appreciative of quick action and tremendous support."

"Times are tough and dollars are short in this economy. However, there are always generous people and organizations out there to support a worthy cause. Neither Ken nor Tom hesitated for a moment when I asked for their help, said Duff. "The entire Geary family — Tom, Anne, Shane and Chelsea — have shown so much resilience since the untimely passing of Cassie that supporting the tournament is the least I can do."

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