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Pitchin' for Wishes Cornhole Tourney

Benefit/Fundraiser, Community Event, Fair/Festival, For the Family

The Pitchin’ for Wishes Cornhole Tourney offers fun for the whole family at Freedom Park on Sept. 17. Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina, Pitchin’ for Wishes is free for spectators and offers activities for all ages. Hosted by general contractor Andrew Roby and Harris Teeter, Inc., Pitchin’ for Wishes features children’s activities such as bouncy houses, face painters and a balloon artist. Sir Purr from the Panthers, Homer from the Charlotte Knights, Blue from the Charlotte Hounds and Chubby from the Charlotte Checkers will all make a special appearance. Coming off a record-setting year in funds raised for charity and number of participants, the Pitchin’ for Wishes Cornhole Tournament surpassed the $1 million mark last year. Now in its ninth year, it has set records as the largest cornhole tournament in the world. “Pitchin’ for Wishes is always a fun-filled day for adults and children of all ages,” said Trent Haston, president and CEO of the Roby Family of Companies. “Our cornhole competitors, event volunteers, community partners and sponsors are rewarded every year with the gratification that comes with helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.” One of the special guests at Pitchin’ for Wishes will be Wish Ambassador Parker of Cornelius. Parker, a first grader, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in November. In his fifth of eight 42-day chemotherapy cycles, Parker signed with the Carolina Panthers on May 31. Parker’s day began with a mandatory team meeting at 8 a.m. before he officially signed a contract with general manager Dave Gettleman. Then, two tight ends wearing shoulder pads, toboggans and No. 88 jerseys (Parker and two-time Pro Bowl selection Greg Olsen) entered the Carolina Panthers practice field with the rest of the team. Parker returned to the Panthers squad to serve as the honorary captain for the Sept. 1 preseason finale against Pittsburgh. One of the highlights of the event is the raffle, and this year’s prizes feature a set of tires valued at $1,500, courtesy of Continental Tire; Wolf Gourmet blender and toaster, both courtesy of Sub-Zero Wolf; a Yeti Cooler and an iPad Mini from Herc Rentals; a set of cornhole boards and bags from Andrew Roby; two prize packs from Joe Gibbs Racing; and more. In addition, News/Talk 1110 WBT will hold a competition with five winners receiving Yeti cups. For a $20 donation to Make-A-Wish, participants will get four bags. For each bag they sink, they’ll get one ticket in the drawing that will determine the five winners. Pitchin’ for Wishes is from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit To see video of the 320 competitors and hundreds of spectators enjoying all the fun last year, visit Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina will grant the wishes of 295 children this year, however, there are an additional 161 children still waiting for their wishes to be granted. The average cost of fulfilling a wish is $6,000.