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United Way plans tourney

August 14, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

One local business is pitching in to do its part to help raise funds for the United Way of Randolph County, while offering residents a chance to have fun and possibly win a cash prize.

A Live United Cornhole Tournament, sponsored by UPS Inc., is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Lodge on the Beverly Five-lane.

The event welcomes both singles or doubles, and will benefit the United Way of Randolph County. The winner will receive 20 percent of the registration fees and the remainder will go directly to the local United Way.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks are included in the registration fee for this family oriented fundraiser.

"We are so pleased that UPS is having this event to help raise funds and awareness for the United Way of Randolph County," board member Gary Clay said. "UPS has progressed from employee donations, through business sponsorship, and then having fundraising events in conjunction with United Way. This tournament is being conducted completely by UPS, and we are thrilled for their support and sponsorship."

UPS supervisor Jason Eason said the business is happy to run the cornhole tournament.

"I came here from Charleston and the tournaments there were really big," Eason said. "We have six teams signed up so far and are hoping to have 15 to 20 total teams."

Eason said organizers chose a cornhole tournament to help the United Way of Randolph County because the game is so popular.

"You can see tons of people playing before every WVU football game," Eason said. "We thought it would be a family fun way to raise funds for the United Way that are affordable."

Pre-registration is required and may be dropped off or mailed to United Way of Randolph County, P.O. Box 1085, 309 Henry Ave. in Elkins. Questions may be directed to the office at 304-636-0516.

Funds generated by the United Way of Randolph County are used to support local agencies: the American Red Cross; Boy Scouts of America, Allohak Council; Catholic Charities, West Virginia; the Foster Grandparent Program; Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council; Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Elkins/Randolph County Library; Helvetia Library; Pioneer Memorial Library; Tygart Valley Library; Valley Head Library; Literacy Volunteers; Meals on Wheels; North Central Community Action-Randolph County Homeless Shelter; Randolph County Cancer Support Program; Randolph County Children's Advocacy Center; Randolph County Domestic Training & Referral; Randolph County Emergency Squad; Randolph County Humane Society; Randolph County Senior Center; Randolph County Sheltered Workshop; Senior Companion Program; USO; Women's Aid in Crisis; the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA; and Youth Health Services.



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