An annual basketball tournament returned to Johnson City Middle School once again this past weekend, but even though the event has become reoccurring thing, the reason why the tournament is held still strikes a chord in the hearts of the organizers.

Proceeds from the 8th annual Mase Madness Basketball Tournament benefit the Mason P. McKan Benevolence Fund, a non-profit organization supporting community youth.

Mason Pierre McKan brought much love to many in his short time on this earth.  He passed away on January 26, 2012, just before his first birthday.

In his memory, Mason's parents, Ron and Kate, relatives and hundreds of friends established a benevolence fund to help community youth in various programs.

Prior to this past weekend, over $76,000 has been raised for the Mason P. McKan Benevolence Fund.

According to tournament director and father of Mason McKan, 43 teams competed in this weekend's three-day long tournament.  Age groups varied from youth, to teams with player's in their 40s.  The first Mase Madness Basketball Tournament was held in 2012.

Along with plenty of basketball, a sports collectible and memorabilia auction was held as well as the chance to win any of a number of prize baskets.  Items are donated by various individuals and organizations.