Pitching 4 Patriots raises money for homeless vets

John Joyce

Registration is now open for the Second Annual Pitching 4 Patriots horseshoe pitching tournament, taking place Saturday, June 11, at Veteran's Memorial Park in York.

An expected 17 to 20 teams of two will face off in an elimination-style competition, with trophies and a cash prize of $1,000 awarded to the winners.

The annual Pitching 4 Patriots horseshoe pitching tournament  raises money to help homeless veterans.

All proceeds will go to benefit homeless veterans through The York County Veterans Outreach and Mr. Sandy's Homeless Veterans Center, 412 W. King St., organizer Donna Cutchall said.

Cutchall said she and her boyfriend, Mike Bromely, started the tournament in 2015 to help raise money for veterans in need.

"I am the widow of a fallen soldier," Cutchall siad. "I vowed I would help any veteran in need."

The all-day event is scheduled to begin with on-site registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A practice and coaching session will follow at 8:45 a.m., and the tournament starts at 10.

Pre-registration is open online at www.salute4service.org/pitching-4-patriots.php. Pitchers can register for $20.

Food vendors and entertainment will be on site, including bands such as Sweet Ember, Headshot, Disorderly Conduct, Crazy Joe & Gus, Wild Hymns, Donnie and the Back Porch Boys, Rhythm Junkies and Piece of Me, according to a news release. Radio personality Jen Shade from 105.7 The X is also scheduled to appear, the release said.

Pinups for Patriots, a national group with local chapters that certifies young women in suicide prevention and other public services whose members dress up as 1940s pinup girls and attend local events for veterans and first responders, will also be on hand, the release said.

"Vets need to be acknowledged, they deserve everything we can give them," Cutchall said.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.