United Way and UPS Host Annual Cornhole Tournament for Charity

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Julius Fielder aims for a 3-point shot during the 3rd Annual United Way Cornhole Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Julius Fielder aims for a 3-point shot during the 3rd Annual United Way Cornhole Tournament Saturday afternoon.

IMPERIAL — Members of United Parcel Service (UPS) and United Way of Imperial County teamed up to present their 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament at the Ricochet Rec Center Saturday afternoon with funds benefitting local charities.

“UPS is a big donor to United Way,” explained Darryl Taylor, organizer of the event and a UPS employee. “We work with them corporately. The month of August is a kick-off campaign for payroll deductions and donations our employees give to the organization, and every year during August we have a fundraiser to raise additional funds in addition to what our employees give.”

The 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament provided a cool event for guests to enjoy in the middle of the summer while raising funds for a greater cause. Players created their own unique team name and competed in teams of two. There was a $20 entry fee per person.

“This is our third fundraiser, our third cornhole tournament for them. We’ve done other events in the past, but we stumbled on this one a couple of years ago and it’s been growing ever since,” stated Taylor. “We come out in August and have a good time and raise some money for United Way here locally.”

Also known as the bean bag toss, 27 teams of two competed against each other in games of cornhole along the Ricochet Rec basketball courts in a double elimination style tournament. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place teams while all other entry fees were donated to United Way of Imperial County.

“The money raised goes into our general spend list,” said Ken Wuytens, executive director of United Way of Imperial County. “As a part of UPS, they have a corporate campaign with us. Their employees have the option of making payroll donations to us and they just put this on as an extra event to raise money for United Way. The money all stays local, it goes to 18 local agencies we financially support as well as our Homework Help program and our Easter ham drive where we provide over 400 hams throughout the valley to needy families and seniors.”

“It pretty much goes into our general funds and it’s divided up,” said Wuytens. “For the most part, its divided between our 18 local member agencies. They all have local boards of directors and local budgets. We feel very strongly about not wanting to send money out of Imperial County, we’re trying to get it to come in. UPS has been a great corporate partner of ours for many years and they do this in conjunction with their annual campaign and it raises a substantial amount of funds.”

“We’re not quite as big as we have been in the past couple of years, but we’re still up to 27 teams which is just a few teams short of where we were last year. We still raise a big deal of money for United Way for an afternoon’s work, so it’s not too bad.”

Sponsors for the event included Ricochet Rec Center, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, Mad Graphix, Goggin Warehouse, CoopersWest Insurance Agency, and Imperial Valley Taxi.

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