Corn­hole for a cure

Event at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany raises money for Leukemia so­ci­ety

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com re­porter

SARATOGASPRINGS, N.Y. >> Event­go­ers were play­ing Corn­hole for a Cure on Sun­day dur­ing a first­time tour­na­ment to raise money for the the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety.

The event, held Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany, was or­ga­nized by Still­wa­ter High School sopho­more Devon Wag­ner, who is cur­rently cam­paign­ing to be the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety Stu­dent of the Year for the Up­state New York/ Ver­mont area.

This con­test, a new tra­di­tion started last year, is mod­eled af­ter the so­ci­ety’s an­nual Man & Woman of the Year phil­an­thropic com­pe­ti­tions for adults. Devon’s dad Brad Wag­ner com­peted for the ti­tle of Man of the Year in 2010, and raised more than $50,000.

This in­spired Devon to do the same. The goal for her cam­paign, ti­tled Team Be­lieve, is to raise $50,000 - and so far she’s on track to make it hap­pen.

This lo­cal 15-year- old is on a mis­sion to help find a cure for cancer, which has af­fected her fam­ily. “Re­cently, this year, I’ve kind of found my pur­pose in life, and that is to bring the world one step closer to a cure,” she said. “I just felt like it was my time to do what I needed to do.”

Through her ef­forts, Devon’s aims to in­spire people, she said, and give them hope that a cure is out there.

The Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of Up­state New York/ Ver­mont is im­pressed with and grate­ful for Devon and Team Be­lieve, said board of trustees mem­ber Holly Garo­fano. “Devon has re­ally done so much work pulling to­gether all of the com­mu­nity, and her loved ones, and her

friends and her fam­ily for a re­ally great cause. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be here to sup­port her.”

Over the last few weeks Devon and Team Be­lieve have hosted a pub crawl and two cock­tail par­ties along with a paint and sip event and Sun­day’s big corn­hole tour­na­ment - all rais­ing money for the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety.

The idea for the corn­hole tour­na­ment arose when Devon was talk­ing with her gym teacher, then a cou­ple more teach­ers helped to or­ga­nize the event, one of the largest of the seven-week cam­paign.

The next up­com­ing Team Be­lieve fundraiser, and the fi­nal event sched­uled be­fore Stu­dent of the Year cam­paign ends, is a fam­ily fun karaoke event called “We Be­lieve You Can Sing!” at which friends will donate to Team Be­lieve to out a singer’s hid­den tal­ents. This event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 23 at Nos­tal­gia Ale House and Wine Bar, lo­cated at 113 Rt. 9P in Malta.

On­line dona­tions to Devon’s Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety Stu­dent of the Year cam­paign can be made at events.lls.org/uny/ un­ysoy19/dwag­ner.

More in­for­ma­tion about Team Be­lieve is avail­able on­line at www.face­book. com/de­von­wag­ner19.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Con­tes­tants com­pete in the first-ever Corn­hole For a Cure tour­na­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany in Saratoga Springs.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Event-go­ers play corn­hole dur­ing the first-ever Corn­hole For a Cure tour­na­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany in Saratoga Springs.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Event-go­ers play corn­hole dur­ing the first-ever Corn­hole For a Cure tour­na­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany in Saratoga Springs.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Spec­ta­tors watch a corn­hole tour­na­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rac­ing City Brew­ing Com­pany in Saratoga Springs.

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