Inagural Cornament for a Cause Hosted at Tanners Lakeside
by James Coulter
Most people play cornhole for the fun of it. Last Saturday, people were able to play the game for a good cause with the inaugural Cornament for a Cause.
True to its names, the “cornament” was a cornhole tournament hosted at Tanner’s Lakeside. More than 21 teams participated in double rounds. Other activities during the fundraiser included 50/50 raffles, barbecue dinners, and live musical performances.
Proceeds from the event went to benefit On The Edge, a local adaptive sports organization dedicated to helping children and adults with physical and mental challenges enjoy themselves on the water with sports and other activities.
“The idea is that they have a positive experience on the water and they get to meet people,” said Bob Casper, President and Founder of On The Edge. “So it is all about inclusion. They have a great day on the water [and] enjoy this beautiful Winter Haven on the lakes.”
The proceeds raised that day will go towards the gas money the organization uses to power their boats for their water activities. As they do not charge anyone to participate, as they want to give everyone an opportunity, they certainly appreciate any money they receive through charitable donations.
“There is not a lot of cornhole in this area, so we decided to do something unique,” Casper said. “The idea was to raise money for the foundation so we could offset the cost of the boats and the gas. Nobody, we never charged anybody to participate to get on the water. The whole idea is to introduce them to the sports.”
Their inaugural event more than exceeded expectations. Not only did 21 teams of two participate, but many arrived from as far as Orlando, Tampa, and Clearwater. So not only did the event draw a huge turnout, but it drew it from across the state as well, Casper said.
With such a high turnout this year, their expectations are even higher for next year’s event. They hope to add more lanes and offer a traditional bracket tournament.
“We were fortunate and blessed to have great weather. That was the key when you have an event like this. We have to have good weather. That is the key with that,” Casper said. “I have so many volunteers for children and adults, so this is a great cause with a positive atmosphere for them to participate with a great fundraiser as well.”