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The Prineville Center Foundation is encouraging all ages to register for the first annual Corn Hole Tournament

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Cornhole players of all ages are encouraged to compete to benefit future college students.

The first annual cornhole tournament sponsored by Prineville Center Foundation will take place Saturday, September 17, at Stryker Park in Prineville.

The Prineville Center Foundation was formed in March of 2021. They were previously known as the Prineville Soroptimist Club. The monies their local club raises remain in Prineville and is primarily earmarked for senior scholarships.

Several of the members participated in the previous Soroptimist Club and continue to contribute their time to the Prineville Center Foundation. The group conducts fundraisers such as golf tournaments, and the corn hole tournament on Sept. 17 will be their first of its kind.

The foundation had decided to focus on scholarships for students who wish to pursue a certification in a trade, a vocational school, or a two-year degree in a trade. The cornhole tournament provides opportunities to be an education sponsor for $50 for each sponsorship, with 100% of the money donated towards an educational scholarship.

"Since graduates with these interests are often overlooked in the normal scholarship evaluation process, The Prineville Center Foundation has decided to invest our scholarship dollars in these graduates," indicated the foundation president, Karen Rabenberg,

In 2022, Rabenberg noted that they awarded $9,000 in scholarships to graduates, which was raised in 2021-22. Last year's scholarship fund also raised $9,000 and was allocated to three deserving seniors. The recipients included Jefte Hernandez-Bargas, Ozzie Reed, and Kevin Covarrubias — all of Crook County High School. Each senior received a scholarship for $3,000 to put towards a college of their choice.

"We want to fill that gap," she said.

The cornhole tournament provides a myriad of opportunities to sponsor and to participate. The event is open to all ages and experience levels. The cap of players allowed is 90.

There are also opportunities for line sponsors for $100 each, with the business sign to be displayed throughout the tournament. The proceeds will go toward scholarships. Interested parties need to have a commitment by August 26, so the Prineville Center Foundation to have time to order lawn signs.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Stryker Park, on the side closest to Elm Street. Registrants can also go online to register. Elimination play will take place in the morning, with bracket play in the afternoon. They are still recruiting for education sponsors. Currently, tournament sponsors include Les Schwab, Prineville Insurance, Insure Pacific, Inc., and Rosendin Electric. Endura Products will sponsor the final match, and prizes include $100 each for tournament winner, $50 each for second place, and $30 each for third place.

"We just secured some lighting, so if it gets dark before we are done, we have some lighting to put up," added Rabenberg.

The Tournament is being put on and facilitated on by the Central Oregon Corn Hole group. The Gobbler and Barn Doggies food trucks will be at the event for hungry appetites. Twisted Llama Bagels will also be available at the event.

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Prineville Center Foundation Cornhole Tournament: When: Sept. 17

Where: Stryker Park/closest to Elm Street

Details: Registration begins at 9 a.m.

$30 per player/blind draw

For more information, call Karen Rabenberg at 503-580-0019. For online registration, go to Facebook and use the scoreholio ap. If you would like to sponsor, can send the sponsorship to P.O. Box 553, or take to the Prineville Senior Center. Registrants can also register on site the morning of the tournament.


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