Last January following the death of Pierce alumna and Davis police officer Natalie Corona, Colusa County turned its grief into an outpouring of goodwill and in doing so pledged to continue to honor the memory of a young woman who had been a part of so many lives.

Thus, in the spirit of that commitment, two volleyball rivals, the Pierce Bears and Colusa RedHawks, are joining together for an alumni match on July 20 in the Pierce High School gymnasium to spread the joy that Corona embodied.

A cooperative effort between two of the area’s most successful coaches, Pierce’s Kim Travis and Colusa’s Tina Lyons, the event will raise money for an annual scholarship in Corona’s name to be awarded to both a Pierce and Colusa High School student.

Especially for Travis, Corona’s former coach, the event is an occasion to pay tribute to a remarkable human being.

“A hero is someone you want to be like, someone you talk about, and for us that is Natalie. She’s our hero. She taught us so much about kindness, equality and goodness, because that’s what she was all about. Natalie constantly looked for opportunities to help others and shared her positive attitude with everyone. We would like to continue her legacy of caring and compassion by honoring her with this yearly event,” Travis said.

Lyons concurred with Travis’ sentiment stating, “Being able to come together for an amazing cause through volleyball shows our players that what we are capable of is bigger than the game, the sport or our individual selves. This event brings us together to remember Natalie Corona, someone who represented the sport as well as her community with the utmost respect and commitment.”

What has resulted from the collaboration will assuredly serve its intended purpose in addition to being a fun-filled event for both the participants and those in attendance.

Activities commence at 5 p.m. with the first half of a dessert auction, which promises delicious treats to the high bids and will be followed immediately by the novice volleyball match, for those simply wanting to join in the fun.

Part two of the dessert auction ensues after the novice game and precedes the competitive match, which will feature some of the talented players that represented the respective schools in the past.

Food and drinks provided Sauced Food Truck and Rise and Grind will also be available for purchase.

Those interested in participating in either of the two volleyball matches are asked to bring a raffle prize as a cost of entry.

For more information contact either Kim Travis or Tina Lyons.

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