JACKSON CENTER — In cooperation with the Shelby County Relay for Life, 72 employees at Airstream Inc. in Jackson Center recently participated in cornhole tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
There were a total of 36 teams with two players on each team. Each team donated $20 to enter the fundraiser collecting a grand total of $720 in contributions for this project.
Last year Airstream and its associates donated over $35,000 to the American Cancer Society through various employee fundraisers and matching corporate donations. This tournament is just one of the many ways associates are encouraged to participate in supporting the local charity.
The tournament took place in several segments over the last week and a half at Airstream and culminated with a championship round between the two best teams — “Bag Handlers” (Josh King and Bryan Newland) and “4 Baggers” (Tim Anderson and Josh Smith). The final contest was held in the main plant Wednesday April 10, at 11:35 a.m. The tournament was well followed and approximately 50 associates and members of the management team showed up to watch the decisive match.
Tensions were high and observers could see the look of determination on the faces of those participating in the final round. The level of skill in the competition was high as noted by how well the players placed the bags that were tossed in the contest, the boards were placed 27 feet apart.
Anderson and Smith won the championship round and split the $100 first place prize plus both players on the first place team received Airstream official ACA cornhole boards and bags. The second place team was awarded $80, third place $60, and fourth place $40.
Airstream Executive Administrative Assistant Christine McKenzie supervised the tournament in coordination with Signature 4 Design/Engineering/Finish of Coldwater, Ohio, and the American Cornhole Association (ACA). Signature 4 designs and manufactures decorative components for Airstream trailers and touring coaches.
Signature 4 and ACA donated all the prize money and custom-made cornhole boards with the Airstream logo for use in the tournament as well as two sets of full-sized custom designed cornhole boards and bags given away to the first place team winners. ACA also provided 72 miniature “Double Chuck” mini tabletop cornhole sets for all 72 associates participating in the contest.
For more information on the ACA and how to set up a cornhole fundraiser go to: https://www.playcornhole.org/ or contact Shawn Heckman at 567-279-5547.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.