El Centro’s Relay for Life team “Mama Mia’s Pizzeria … We’re Tossing Cancer” held its biggest fundraiser, with a Corn Hole Tournament at the El Centro Moose Lodge.
All the money from the event is going toward the team’s contribution at the El Centro Relay for Life, set this year for March 24 at Southwest High School, said Chris Armendariz, 2012 El Centro Relay for Life event chairwoman. Last year at the same event the group raised more than $12,000, and expected to get more this year with two different raffles, numerous prizes and registration for the tournament.
Corn hole or corn toss is a game where people toss bean bags filled with corn toward a wooden platform, trying to get it into a hole cut in the top.
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“It’s a way everyone can compete, but it’s fun and simple,” Armendariz said.
Those who attended Sunday’s event got to test different methods of tossing bean bags, including like a basketball, smashing it as small as possible and spinning it like a Frisbee. Daniel Ibarra, 35, of San Diego but originally from Holtville, had his own method of tossing it by grabbing it with a couple fingers in the middle and letting it fly. It helps spread the impact, and Ibarra said it feels like it’s more accurate.
He came back to town for the Carrot Festival and wanted to compete with his brother, who won last year.
“It’s just a fun game, and it’s supporting a great cause,” he said. “You can’t argue with that.”
Nancy DeLong has played the game before, but wasn’t sure if she was going to participate Sunday, she said. The 32-year-old from El Centro headed out with her husband and their friends. They have played it out in the desert.
It’s cool that the group put on a tournament like this, she said.
“It’s a popular game,” she said. “I’m just no good at it.”
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