Corn­hole for a Cause

The Avenue News - - RELAXER - By: LISA HARLOW

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, Rosedale Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 180 will host their Sec­ond An­nual Corn­hole for a Cause tour­na­ment to ben­e­fit Hori­zon Day Camp for chil­dren with can­cer.

Hori­zon Day Camp is Mary­land’s first full-sum­mer day camp for chil­dren with can­cer and their sib­lings, ages 3 ½ to 16, who are in ac­tive or fol­low-up treat­ment for can­cer. Un­like most on­col­ogy sleep-away camps that are of­fered for 1-2 weeks each sum­mer, Hori­zon Day Camp al­lows chil­dren to at­tend camp for as lit­tle as one day or for the en­tire sum­mer.

Be­ing a day camp al­lows chil­dren who are in ac­tive treat­ment to con­tinue with their home doc­tors and en­joy the com­fort of sleep­ing in their own beds each night. Hori­zon Day Camp and Year-Round Pro­grams are al­ways of­fered free of charge.

“It’s a qual­ity of life fac­tor for kids with can­cer. These kids are sick and they just want to play and be like other kids, but they are re­stricted in what they can do be­cause of treat­ments and medicine. They can go to Hori­zon Day Camp, and the staff will take care of them, no mat­ter what their needs are,” said Phil Hucht, Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber and Hall Rental Chair­man of Post 180. “Our do­na­tions go to pro­vide trans­porta­tion, pay the staff, any­thing they need to keep the kids in camp.”

Last year the event raised al­most $6,000 for an­other char­ity, the Cool Kids Cam­paign. Ap­prox­i­mately 50 teams have signed up for this year’s Corn­hole for a Cause tour­na­ment. Spec­ta­tors are also wel­come to

stop by to pur­chase food and bev­er­ages and par­tic­i­pate in a live paint­ball tar­get range, recre­ational corn­hole, raf­fles, the silent auc­tion and other games.

Spon­sors in­clude Mis­sion BBQ, Daniels Com­pany, Bay View Home­care, True North Re­mod­el­ing, Health Quest Chi­ro­prac­tic and Plaxen & Adler, P.A.

The event un­of­fi­cially starts at 11 a.m., with a Kick­off Happy Hour for Spon­sors and play­ers. Happy hour in­cludes free do­mes­tic draft beer and wine, as well as food from Mis­sion BBQ.

“The teams don’t take them­selves too se­ri­ously. It’s a fun day for a great cause. It doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t win. It’s all about the kids,” said Hucht.

The tour­na­ment be­gins with play-in games to de­ter­mine seed­ing in the elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment. The bracket-style elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment will be­gin di­rectly af­ter play-in games. When a team loses in the bracket tour­na­ment, they are elim­i­nated.

The Amer­i­can Le­gion will also raf­fle off a set of hand­made corn­hole boards made by Re­tired Navy Cap­tain Jim Kielek. He will also sing the Na­tional An­them prior to the tour­na­ment. Last year Kielek do­nated two sets of hand­made boards to the camp.

“It’s a great day for the whole fam­ily to come out. It’s for a great cause,” said Hucht. “We are al­ways in­ter­ested in work­ing with char­i­ties, espe­cially kids.”

Hori­zon Day Camp is a mem­ber of the Sun­rise As­so­ci­a­tion, whose mis­sion is to bring back the joys of child­hood to chil­dren with can­cer and their sib­lings world-wide, through the cre­ation of Day Camps, Year-Round Pro­grams and In-Hospi­tal Recre­ational Ac­tiv­i­ties, all of­fered free of charge.

Since it be­gan in 2006, Sun­rise has en­riched the lives of over 13,000 chil­dren deal­ing with can­cer in 7 unique sum­mer day camps and a host of year-round pro­grams for chil­dren strug­gling with can­cer. Events like the Rosedale Amer­ica Le­gion Post 180’s Corn­hole for a Cause Tour­na­ment are es­sen­tial to keep these pro­grams go­ing.

“We hope the weather holds out. We are look­ing for­ward to a fun event, and we hope that we raise even more money this year than last year,” said Hucht. “Hori­zon Day Camp is such an im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tion, and it means the world to the kids and their fam­i­lies. Ev­ery bit of sup­port helps.” Corn­hole for a Cause Tour­na­ment

Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, 12 p.m.

Rosedale Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 180

1331 Sel­ing Av­enue, Rosedale, MD 21237

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to https://corn­hole­for­camp­kids.com.

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