GLory Be To Kids
Glory Be To Kids

Glory Be To Kids

In 1981, a group of women, who all played summer recreational softball together, lost a teammate when she was tragically killed in a car accident. Gloria Doody was 25 when she died and left behind a 5 year old son, Christopher.

Her teammates, most being mother's themselves, couldn't stand to think about Christopher growing up without his mother and wanted to help in the one way they knew how, softball.

That summer, The Bowery Bunch held a softball tournament. 12 teams competed for the championship and $1000 was raised to start a trust fund for Christopher.

The next summer, those teams wanted to play again and the Gloria Doody memorial softball tournament was born.

Now, 35+ years later, under the name of Glory Be to Kids, Inc., over $500,000 has been raised and donated to various, local, children's charities. Glory Be to Kids, Inc., now consists of several fundraising events in addition to the original summer softball tournament which has grown from it's original 12 team event to 60+ teams (men's and women's) from all over the Western New York region and beyond.

Each year we pick a different, local children's charity to be the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts. This year, 2016, we chose Suneel's Light.




We are united in the belief that there is no greater cause than that of a child. "Glory Be to Kids" strives to make a difference in the lives of children in need.


Began to honor the memory of one friend and to help one child, today, Glory Be to Kids is a celebration of ALL children, of community and of friendships.
By combining our love of children with our love of sports, funds are raised through various events. Each year a different local children's charity is chosen as a recipient and all money raised is donated to them.



Welcome to the GBTK family, our 2016 beneficiary;

Suneel's Light

The mission of Suneel's Light is to spread awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and raise funds to support treatments and find a cure for this deadly disease.


Mark your calendars for the 2016 season





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Address: Glory Be to Kids - PO Box 1022 North Tonawanda, NY 14120



President - Mandy Lofft Vice President - Chris Snyder Secretary - Amy Strauss Treasurer - Diane Czajkowski

Board of Directors

Chairperson - Robin Schulmeister Lorrie May Diane Czajkowski Deb Goldpenny

Brian Lawrence Mandy Lofft Michael Steffan Marona Vanner Jeanne Wantz

Recent News

$19,000+ donated to Wings Flights of Hope.

December 18th, 2013
After a very rainy 2013 season, where every single one of our events dealt with a weather issue of some kind, Glory Be to Kids was still able to raise over $19,000 to donate to Wings Flights of Hope. Learn more about what WIng's does here; were told that he money we donated would be used to sponsor 80+ emergency medical flights for children all over WNY and their fami... (Read More)

GBTK in the news!!

July 8th, 2013
Check out the story Channel 2, WGRZ, did on Glory BE to Kids in their Good neighbor feature.View story here!... (Read More)

$21,600 Raised in 2011 for The Better U Corporation

January 23rd, 2012
2011 saw record numbers in foursomes entered into the Golf Tournament, teams entered into the Softball Tournament and runners and chowder cookers for the Chowder Challenge. We also intorduced our newest event, the Felicia Roggow Memorial 16" Co-Ed softball tournament. We also saw another great number in the total money we raised. $21,600 was given to the Better U Corporation as a direct result of ... (Read More)

Better U Corporation named as the 2011 beneficiary

May 5th, 2011
The Better U Corporation feels that everyone deserves a chance to have a better life, therefore,  by helping individuals set goals, giving them the resources to achieve their goals and offering support, we can make a direct impact in their lives. Purpose: The Better U Corporation is a non-profit community outreach organization.  This corporation is made up o... (Read More)


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