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Charity cornhole tournament to benefit Anthem Pets


Elizabeth Medora

ANTHEM – Sign up for the Anthem Young Professionals’ charity cornhole tournament and enjoy a fun day with friends, while supporting a great cause. The second annual tournament, set for Saturday, Nov. 14, will support Anthem Pets’ veterinary fund.

Teams of two can sign up for the tournament now through Nov. 12, at The $50 registration fee includes lunch and all cornhole supplies needed for the tournament.

“We started the cornhole tournament last year,” said Ryan Halleran, president of Anthem Young Professionals. “This will be the second year we will be hosting this tournament.” Halleran added that last year’s charity recipient was ACTS (Anthem Cares Through Service). This year, when the AYP group discussed what charity to benefit, Anthem Pets was brought up as a recipient, and Halleran reported there was “overwhelming support” for donating to Anthem Pets through this year’s tournament.

“Everything goes to Anthem Pets,” Halleran said. Minimal expenses will be incurred by the event; proceeds, minus expenses, will be donated to Anthem Pets.

While last year’s tournament had a limit of 40 teams due to space constraints, this year, there’s no limit on how many teams can sign up. The tournament will be held in the Anthem Community Park, Softball Field #4, so there will be plenty of space for many teams.

Halleran noted that AYP has extra box sets for teams, too, if needed.

“We’re opening it up to as many people as possible who want to sign up,” Halleran emphasized. He’s hoping to get at least 60 teams signing up this year.

Lunch will be provided; a Mexican-themed menu is planned. The Rotary of Anthem will be providing a beer garden, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Anthem Pets.

Businesses that would like to support the charity tournament and get passes to play can sponsor the tournament. Gold, silver, and bronze sponsorship levels are available. Gold-level sponsors will receive a set of boards personalized with the business logo and bags in the company colors. Sponsorships provide plentiful marketing opportunities, prior to and at the event.

Current sponsors include Rotary Club of Anthem, 85086 Magazine, Wells Fargo Advisors, FirstMark Insurance, DataFast, Tee Shirt Shoppe, First Mortgage Home Lending, Dr. Justin Ross, Pure Health and Wellness Center, and Pit Stop Lube & Oil at the gold level and Justin Simons, State Farm, RYNO Strategic Solutions, and Safelite AutoGlass at the silver level.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the charity cornhole tournament can contact Halleran at Gold sponsors need to sign up by Oct. 31 so that their specialty boards can be made.

The tournament funds will be greatly appreciated by Anthem Pets. The 501(c)3 pet rescue has taken in multiple sick and injured animals in need of emergency care. The tournament will help replenish the veterinary fund that provides for those animals in need.

“We’re very honored that they (Anthem Young Professionals) selected us as the charity recipient,” said Lisa Kilwein, Board of Directors member for Anthem Pets.

Kilwein described various uses of the veterinary fund.

“Every single animal that comes into our system is treated medically with vaccinations, microchips, spayed/neutered, and treatment of any medical issues,” Kilwein noted. “Kitten season took a big toll on the medical fund,” Kilwein added, noting that over 100 cats were medically treated and made ready for adoption through Anthem Pets this season.

For some pets, the veterinary treatment from Anthem Pets is the difference between life and death. Earlier this year, Anthem Pets took in a severely malnourished dog that was close to death; the dog made a full recovery, due to the care she received, and she is now happy and healthy in her adopted family’s home. Recently, Anthem Pets took in two dogs that had been abandoned in the desert. ‘Wren’ and ‘Stimpy’ had been on their own for some time and were covered in ticks. Thanks to Anthem Pets, both dogs have recovered, and Stimpy has been adopted. Wren is in foster care and is waiting for a new home.

Kilwein highlighted the case of ‘Lulu,’ an abandoned puppy that Anthem Pets has taken in. Right now, Lulu is fighting for her life, totally dependent on the care that Anthem Pets and their veterinary partner Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital are providing.

“Lulu came to us with mange and a variety of other illnesses,” Kilwein said. “We thought we were going to lose Lulu. But we got an email from the vet, and she has taken a turn for the better.” Lulu is still in serious condition, but she is getting well, thanks to the veterinary fund providing for her care.

“The more money we have, the more animals we can take in,” Kilwein emphasized.

The charity cornhole tournament is a win-win – fun for participants and a great way to support a good cause.

Halleran noted that the cornhole tournament provides a chance for community member to enjoy a different sport than most charity tournaments provide. Halleran, who owns two cornhole box sets himself, called cornhole “really fun and up-and-coming.” The tournament offers friendly competition for players, as well as great marketing opportunities for sponsors.

Halleran noted that last year’s tournament “went off without a hitch,” thanks the hard work and preparedness of the Young Professionals club.

“It was great last year!” Halleran said.

This year’s tournament is set to be a great time, too. Sign up for an afternoon of fun that benefits a life-saving pet charity.

To sign up for the cornhole tournament or get more details, see,, or