ROSEDALE — On Saturday, October 5, Rosedale American Legion Post 180 will host their third annual Cornhole for Kids tournament. This year’s tournament will benefit Camp Oasis, a day camp for children and teens with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis run by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Teams of two players can enter the tournament for a donation of $50, which includes a kickoff happy hour with complimentary food and drinks from 11 am to 12 pm. Happy hour includes free domestic draft beer and wine, as well as a BBQ buffet with corn on the cob, mac and cheese and other items.

Play-in games will determine seeding, and the bracket style elimination tournament will begin directly after play-in games. When a team loses in the bracket tournament, they will be eliminated.

In addition to the tournament, the day is full of fun activities, including a live military-inspired paintball target range, raffles, gambling wheels, giveaways, 50/50s, auctions, music and more. The Post will be raffling off a set of handmade cornhole boards ⎯ Mr. and Mrs. Boh themed ⎯ built by Retired Navy Captain Jim Kielek. After the second round of play, boards will be available for those who are eliminated to use for social play. Spectators are welcome and do not require a ticket.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Dealing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a child is even more challenging, so the Foundation proudly established Camp Oasis exclusively for children with IBD over a decade ago. This co-ed residential summer camp program enriches the lives of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community.

“One of our pillars at the American Legion is children and youth, so we keep that in mind when we pick a charity for our cornhole tournament,” said Phil Hucht, Executive Board Member and Hall Rental Chairman of Post 180. “We try to localize it as much as we can to get the most impact for the dollars.”

Last year’s event benefited Horizon Day Camp for children with cancer, and they raised $9,450. Hucht says this year’s goal is $12,000.

“We seem to be on track to hit our goal,” said Hucht. “An updated list of all of our generous sponsors can be found on our website.”

After last year’s tournament, a grandson of Post member Lynn DeGennaro approached Hucht about doing a cornhole tournament for kids suffering with Crohn’s. Eleven-year-old Dominic Holcomb said he wanted to bring awareness about the disease and how it affects his life and restricts him in what he can do.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. A few of the common symptoms include persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain, and constipation, which can lead to bowel obstruction. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers. Symptoms for this condition also include loose and urgent bowel movements and bloody stool.

For kids living with Crohn’s and similar diseases, Camp Oasis is a Life Changing Experience. Since all of the campers (and many of the adults) at Camp Oasis are living with IBD, the supportive community allows them to see that they are not alone; try all sorts of new sports and activities; create friendships with people who truly understand them; gain confidence and independence; and put aside their troubles and just be a kid.

Volunteer physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals are available for 24-hour care, and work to ensure campers follow the regimen prescribed by their doctors back home.

Camp Oasis offers a wide variety of activities for the campers, including visual and performing arts, land and water sports, high ropes and other outdoor adventures, and even leadership development for the older participants.

“We love helping out kids and making a difference in their lives,” said Hucht. “We are really excited to support Camp Oasis, and we hope people come out to our event on Saturday, get some food and drinks, and check out the tournament.”

Post 180 Charity Cornhole Tournament

Benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to 6 pm

1331 Seling Avenue, Rosedale, MD 21237

For more information, go to www.post180charitycornhole.com,

email legionpost180cornhole@gmail.com or call 410-935-0857.

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