Cornhole for a Cause
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.