Cornhole for a Cause at this November Event

 

Cornhole for a Cause at this November Event

Free kids activities, a DJ, and raffle also included

 

Oct. 14, 2016

Chandler, Ariz. – On Saturday, Nov. 5, over 40 teams will gather in Downtown Chandler for the 3rd Annual Tossin’ Away ALS Cornhole Tournament. Not only will the event raise money for ALS research, but participants will also have a chance to win prizes, dance to a DJ, and bring their kids along to enjoy a free kids zone.

 

Fighting ALS, an illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is the heart behind the event. “Watching my grandpa lose the ability to use his muscles was hard on my entire family,” says Jesse Haws, event creator and tournament director. He created the event in his grandfather’s memory with two goals in mind: raise money for ALS research and assist families currently fighting ALS through a Wishes Granted: A Little Support program. In the past, the event raised just over $7,500. This year, the goal is $25,000.

 

For those of you unfamiliar with cornhole, the game is very similar to horseshoes, except it is played with bean bags and wooden platforms. If you toss a bag and it lands on the board, your team receives one point. If the bag lands in the hole, your team receives three points. The first team to reach 21 points wins the game. “If you can toss a bean bag 20 feet, you’ll have no problems playing in this tournament,” Haws says.

 

Cornhole teams are comprised of two people and the registration cost is $65-80 per team. The earlier you save your spot, the less expensive the fee. Included in the registration cost is lunch from Burgers Amore food truck, an event t-shirt, a free dessert courtesy of Rita’s Italian Ice, a raffle ticket, and, courtesy of HDE Agency, a ticket to the Arizona Harvest Festival, an event taking place in the same area, and the same day following the cornhole tournament.

 

While the cornhole tournament is the main attraction, there will also be a variety of events for guests of all ages, including a raffle, a DJ, a free kids zone, a 50/50 long toss competition and the chance to watch teams compete. Raffle prizes include items from Skateland, the Phoenix Zoo, ASU Football, Escape the Room, the Arizona Coyotes, the Arizona Cardinals, Stratum Laser Tag, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and various restaurants from around the valley. The kids zone will feature complimentary bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, giant Jenga and cornhole just for kids. The 50/50 long-toss competition is open for anyone to participate, with a small fee.

 

This tournament is made possible through several sponsors: Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, American National Insurance, G.R’s Pest Control, AZ Board Source, Canyon Lands Insurance, ColorFuze Painting Services, Rita’s Italian Ice and T2 Pest Services.

 

The event is located in the Downtown Stage Plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 and runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

“The biggest thing that I want people to understand is that our event is a family-friendly, charity event to raise money and awareness for ALS. Anybody is welcome to participate, but everything we do is centered around families being able to have fun and enjoy time together,” Haws says.