Competition, cornhole and and a great cause. These components come together this month at the 4th Annual Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament in the parking lot of Trophy Brewery + Taproom on Maywood Avenue. The competition launched in 2016 as a fun way for Raleigh nonprofit Haven House, which provides services to young people experiencing crises, to raise some extra money. It has since become a significant fundraiser for the nonprofit, bringing in $56,000 last year. The competitive but friendly tournament pits two-person teams against one another in two pools of play, until the top two teams from each pool advance to a single elimination bracket. Each team pays $50 to play and 100 percent of the money benefits Haven House’s 11 programs which serve more than 1,200 of the community’s most vulnerable young people each year. These programs assist children who are homeless, in crises at home or who are facing other significant challenges. A former Haven House client and current member of the board of directors says Haven House “gave me the hiatus and the perspective that I needed at the time, and lessons that I can apply now to working with Haven House, being a better dad and working better with youth.” Registration for the tournament is open until noon the day of, so if you’ve got a knack for throwing bags and an empathetic inclination, gather a group of friends and sign up to help out a great cause. For those who aren’t participating in the tournament, the event will also feature a DJ, food truck, raffle and kid-friendly activities.
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