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Here is my story co-sponsoring last year’s Charity Cornhole Tournament
All Western Mortgage and I are once again proud to be sponsors in the annual Charity Picnic that follows the Daisy Mountain Veteran’s parade in Anthem, AZ. Last year, I was privileged to both sponsor and announce the tournament play during the picnic.
For the past 5 years, Anthem Young Professionals (AYP) has hosted a charity picnic event to raise money and awareness for a charitable cause in the community. Every year, it’s been a cornhole tournament with 2018 no exception. This year, AYP is sponsoring Youth 4 Troops and collaborating with Daisy Mountain Veterans to help a Veteran in need. Follow the links to learn more about each organization. Both are non-profit 501(c)3 organizations.
This year, as a member of AYP, I will be announcing the tournament and Chairing the event itself. It’s a lot of work juggling my own work and this event, but I’m excited for this opportunity. Here are the highlights from last year and what to expect this year.
Last November the weather was warm but not triple digit warm. Fortunately, we had all the elements of keeping as cool as we could with sunny skies covered by clouds and a light breeze. Everyone stayed well hydrated and enjoyed themselves.
During the parade, there were unique floats with the highlight being a war bird flyover. Later, a B-52 flew over several times.
There were 44 teams and 18 sponsors of the charity picnic after the parade. In all over 500 people attended the picnic and watched the tournament play on. Live music, beverages, great food from local restaurants, and bounce houses added to the atmosphere. Businesses from all over Anthem and North Phoenix participated for the title “Champion” in 2017. It was a nail biter to the end and everyone was proud to participate.
The best part of the event was the band playing the National Anthem with an electric guitar when the finals commenced. Everyone stood silent and sang along. It was moving to say the least.
2018 Goals & Plans – Steppin’ it up!
This year we expect both the parade and cornhole tournament to double in attendance all while setting the bar high for raising money for the charities. This year our goal is to raise $10,000. That means double the players and double the sponsors.
The parade will feature a fly over from Luke Air Force base, eye catching parade floats, and a Mardi Gras-style candy and prize toss to the crowd.
Enhancements to the sponsorships for the charity picnic and cornhole tournament were made to help create a stadium-like atmosphere for game play. We are working on a hot-air balloon, will host food trucks serving food for purchase, and will have a video game trailer for the older kids at no cost. Bounce houses will also be available for the kids.
The goal is to continue the fan fair of the parade into an “after-party” family environment so we can continue honoring the Veteran community and raise money for causes around Veterans and their families.
Want to Play and/or Sponsor?
We want you to play and sponsor in this year’s tournament! You will be supporting a great cause and helping the local Veteran and Armed Forces community. You can visit aypaz.com/events to register your team or become a sponsor.
The Parade and tournament will be November 3rd, with the parade beginning at 10am and the Tournament kicking off at 11:30am. Registration for teams is required in advance and will include lunch. Prizes will be announced at a later date.
I know Youth 4 Troops and Daisy Mountain Veterans would love to see your there. The venue is a great fellowship and networking event. I had a blast getting to know everyone and growing my presence in the community.
For sponsorship information, call or email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-442-4494.
Visit Anthem Young Professionals to sign up to be a sponsor or play in the tournament.
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