League spon­sors Tugs for Hugs

Record Observer - - Community - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

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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PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

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.

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