Cornhole for a cause

Mary Katherine Murphy Staff reporter

August 20, 2013

This weekend will mark the second annual dual fundraiser for Scotland County Habitat for Humanity and the Scotland County Humane Society, beginning Saturday morning with cornhole for a cause.

The cornhole tournament, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Jerry’s Deli on U.S. 401.

“All revenue generated goes to eliminate substandard housing here in Scotland County,” said tournament organizer Larry Lanier. “That’s the whole purpose of this fundraiser - it goes directly into Habitat for Humanity.”

Last year, the tournament was packed with players as 64 teams spent the day vying for the title of champion beanbag tossers. So far, 35 teams have registered for Saturday’s event. Teams must register by 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The top finishing team will take home $300, with $200 for second place, $100 for third, and $50 for fourth. As it did last year, the tournament will draw players from a wide geographical area.

“We have teams coming from as far away as Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, and Cheraw, so we draw from a fairly large area plus the teams in our area,” said Lanier. “There’s actually a lot of people who play in small tournaments in a 100-150 mile radius of here continuously.”

Some 40 area businesses have sponsored the tournament, and organizers hope to raise about $8,000 for Habitat.

Registration for the cornhole tournament may be completed in person at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on U.S. 401 or by calling 276-3395. The registration fee of $50 per team includes a tournament tee shirt.

Cornhole enthusiasts tired from a day of play, as well as all lovers of beach music, will be entertained at Jerry’s from 5-10 p.m. with the Dog Days of Summer Beach Music Festival. Proceeds from the concert will be directed to the Scotland County Humane Society.

Musical acts will include D.J. King Curtiss of 102.5 FM, the Lloyd Hinson Band, Jackie Lockamy, Greg Miller, and the Steady Eddies.

Funds raised will go to fund spay and neuter for animals brought into the J.D. and Fran Asher Animal Shelter as well as the humane society’s Pet Responsibility Education Program for fifth grade students.

Admission is $20 per person with children 12 and under free. Food, drinks, wine, and beer will be available for purchase.