Rocky Mount officials are hoping a corn hole tournament Saturday will not only attract fans of the bean bag toss game, but also will be a successful fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization.
“We are excited to incorporate the Corn Hole tournament into our United Way campaign this year,” said Public Works and Water Resources Director Jonathan Boone. “In my opinion, it’s a win-win. Not only are we helping to raise money for an outstanding community-oriented organization, but we get to have fun doing it.”
The tournament is open to amateur and more experienced players who can register in pairs or be partnered with someone Saturday morning. The prizes – trophies for the amateur teams and cash for the pro team winners – were donated, so all registration costs will go directly to the United Way of the Tar River Region.
“We’ve had companies hold internal corn hole tournaments in the past, but this is open to the community,” local United Way Executive Director Ginny Mohrbutter said. “The popularity of corn hole is incredible. A lot of people are into it, so to combine that with a fundraiser is great.”
Boone said one of the members on the city’s United Way fundraising steering committee is an avid corn hole fan and offered to organize the tournament.
“We really are looking to accomplish two goals: raise money for United Way and have fun doing it,” Boone said. “We encourage everyone to come out and give it a try. It is for a good cause even if you haven’t played before. Any support we can give to the United Way’s efforts in Nash and Edgecombe counties is worth it.”
Rocky Mount city employees have been strong contributors to the United Way for years, earning a bronze award in 2012 for raising more than $61,000.
So far about 10 teams have pre-registered to participate and registration will be accepted until the games start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Booker T. Washington Gymnasium at 727 Pennsylvania Ave.
Call 885-6127 or 883-3817 to register.
“I’d be ecstatic if we hit 50 teams, but I think more realistic would be 25 teams participating,” Boone said. “We encourage folks to register as soon as they can, so we know how many to expect, but the more teams the better.”