By Sidhartha Wakade
The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) held its third annual Puppy Bowl Cornhole Tournament and after party in an effort to raise money for the shelter.
“We had about 25 teams and everybody had a ball,” said Celia Visscher, the chair for the event. “It was hot, but it wasn’t too hot.”
Pat Stokes, the secretary for the HSMC board of directors, thought the event was successful.
“We had great participation,” Stokes said. “ It could not have been successful if not for the number of community volunteers… and sponsors.”
Close to 150 people showed up to the tournament and a 100 showed up to the party afterwards, according to Visscher. She estimated that they raised $10,000 this year, which was less money than expected. The money will got towards saving dogs and cats in the shelter from euthanasia, as the HSMC is a no-kill shelter. The barbecue dinner was cooked by Ed Latham, and live music was provided by Dock 103, with sponsors putting up prize money totaling $1,500. While the goal for the tournament is to improve the fundraiser, Visscher also explained that the HSMC wants to increase the number of animals it can save. She mentioned that the HSMC saved 450 dogs and cats from euthanasia last year. The goal for this year is to save 500.
Going forward, Visscher said she hopes that the two events-the tournament and the party- are highlighted more clearly to increase turnout.
“I think there needs to be emphasis on both of the events,” Visscher said. “It’s just every year we try to make it bigger and better.”
“We always try to build on what we’ve done before.”