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Cornhole Tourney to raise funds for Guide Dogs of America

Practicing for the Cornhole Tournament
Practicing for the Cornhole Tournament
Tanya Hutchins

A "Battle of the Boards" cornhole tournament September 6 will benefit Guide Dogs of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guide dogs, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada, so they can maintain mobility and independence. On-site registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and bags fly at 1:00 p.m. at Watkins Regional Park, Picnic Area 1 at 301 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro, MD.

“In our efforts to raise money and awareness for Guide Dogs of America, we are always looking for fun and unique ways to keep our communities and families involved," said Dora Cervantes, General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

Cervantes said the event is open to the public and early registration is encouraged. The early registration cost is $20 per person or $40 per team. On-site registration is $25 per person. Interested players can call (301) 967-4546 and ask for Kristin Hoffman or Cindy Williams. The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

Organizers say there will be double elimination, prizes, raffles, a Kid Zone, 21+ cantina and lunch will be provided. "We believe this tournament will be an entertaining and fun event for everyone," said Cervantes. "Cornhole is a game that has gained major popularity in this area and people are very excited about this.” For more information, visit the tournament's Facebook Page by clicking here.

Guide Dogs of America is an International Guiding Eyes Program that promotes companionship, confidence and freedom, according to its website. It is located in Sylmar, California and serves students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The organization does not receive any funding from Federal, State or Local Governments and relies soley upon donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, chapters, clubs and other non-profit organizations that hold fundraising events such as this cornhole tournament.

Sponsors include Line-X of Glen Burnie, The McLaughlin Company, Image Pointe, the Franklin Square Band, The Law Firm of Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli, P.C. and Union Track.