Tossing bags makes big difference in veterans’ lives

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

James Williams and Pammy Soldo participate in the first-round game of the tournament.

James Williams and Pammy Soldo participate in the first-round game of the tournament.

Management at Small Country Campground in Louisa found a great way to mix fun with fund raising recently.

The campground hosted its first cornhole tournament on July 13 to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. Sixteen teams competed in a double-elimination style tournament that raised $400 for the foundation.

Founded in 2002, the Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization with a goal to “honor and empower wounded warriors of the Armed Forces.”

According to the organization’s website, they have a threefold objective: to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique and direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Brady Small, the fund raising event’s organizer, said that combining the sport – which has a loyal rural following – with the cause seemed like the perfect strategy to raise the most amount of money.

“We wanted to do something for the Wounded Warriors Project, and over the years campers have been playing more and more cornhole.” Small said.  “We just thought it would be a great way to raise some money and bring people to the campground to show them the great time that we have here and to give some funds to a great cause.”

Small also said that the Wounded Warrior Project served as the perfect organization to donate to, aligning closely with the campground’s goals and desire for the money raised during the tournament.

To read the entire story, see the July 18 edition of The Central Virginian.

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