League sponsors Tugs for Hugs
CENTREVILLE — Former Marines are inviting teams from the Mid-Shore area to sign up for Tugs for Hugs.
The tug-of-war tournament will take place on dry land on either side of a 100-foot pond. But tuggers should come prepared for a dunking.
The charity event will raise money to send kids to Comfort Zone Camp, “a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian,” according to the organization’s website.
The tug-of-war tournament will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, on a farm near Centreville.
The Marine Corps League’s Sgt. Jason D. Mileo Detachment 1147 is sponsoring the charity event. All profits will benefit the camp.
“CZC truly is an amazing experience,” Leah Hall said. Her son Zachary attended the Virginia CZC camp when he was 10 years old, five years after his big brother, Marine Sgt. Jason Mileo, died in 2003 during combat in Iraq.
“I didn’t realize how much he needed Comfort Zone Camp until he went,” Hall said.
Teams will compete for bragging rights, a team trophy, individual medals and T-shirts.
Law enforcement and EMS departments, volunteer fire companies, veteran organizations and corporate teams are encouraged to sign up.
The registration fee is $400 per team, and the deadline for signing up is Aug. 1.
Teams will be composed of eight people with two more to serve as substitutes. There are no weight restrictions.
Sign sponsorship opportunities are available for $100 per sign by Aug. 15.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from English’s Famous Fried Chicken truck. The family event at 825 Burrisville Road in Centreville is alcohol-free.
For information or to register, call Leo Stepp at 410822-0516 or Leah Hall at 443262-9464.
For more information about Comfort Zone Camp, visit www.comfortzonecamp.org/
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Members of the Marine Corps League Sgt. Jason D. Mileo Detachment 1147 in Centreville are challenging Mid-Shore teams to a tug-of-war tournament across the pictured 100-foot pond near Centreville on Sept. 9 to benefit Comfort Zone Camp. Shown are former Cpl. Leo Stepp, former Sgt. Fred Cain, retired Sgt. Maj. Al Athey, Zachary Hall and detachment mascot Lily.