Corn hole tournament benefits college-bound students

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

First-place winners Alex Armstrong (far left) and Simba Tuppil (second from left) earned $250. Ryan Killian (second from right) and Daniel Messervy (far right) came in second place and won $100. PHOTO PROVIDED

The “Chucktown Throwdown Corn Hole Tournament,” presented by the Mount Pleasant Exchange Club, raised more than $3,300, which will bolster the club’s scholarships fund. The event included 16 sponsors, 48 teams, about 150 people and a live band. It was held April 7.

“(The) weather was perfect, barbeque was delicious and the band was awesome,” Sheryl Bidwell, Exchange Club public relations coordinator, said.

Bidwell added that scholarship funds announcements and “several charity donations” will be presented during the organization’s annual banquet. According to its Facebook page, the club gives scholarships to deserving high school seniors, “providing over $5,000 over four years to assist them with their college tuition.”

The fund is called the Johnnie Dodds Exchange Club Scholarship in memory of the former Mount Pleasant mayor and honorary member of the club. “Johnnie believed every child deserved an education, and he worked tirelessly to raise monies to help local children further their education,” the page noted.

The Exchange Club hosts a spring fundraiser every year, but this was the first time it was a corn hole tournament.

“Due to its success, we will be hosting another one next eyear even bigger and better,” Bidwell said. The winning team, which earned $250, was made up of Alex Armstrong and Simba Tuppil.

The Exchange Club was formed in 1946 with a primary mission to prevent child abuse and assist local agencies serving victims after abuse.

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