Dozens pitch for York County veterans
Dozens of people squared off Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in horseshoe-pitching for one cause — to support York County veterans.
Pitching 4 Patriots, now in its third year, is a fundraising event by York County Veterans Outreach, and it raises thousands for various veteran organizations in the county.
Last year the event raised $13,000. About an hour into the day, event co-chair Mike Bromley said the group had already matched last year's funds.
Kevin Eck, president of York County Veterans Outreach, said Monday that the group reached its $20,000 fundraising goal for the horseshoe competition.
The event brought in about $18,000, and a contribution from state Sen. Scott Wagner and his company, Penn Waste, pushed the organization past its goal, Eck said.
Event: Fifty-four people were split into random teams of two for the pitching tournament. Donna Cutchall, co-chair for the event, said people came from all over to play in the tournament.
"They pour in," she said.
Eck said the event is one of the biggest fundraisers his group does. He said many people returned after last year, this time bringing more people to join in the tournament.
"These guys are passionate — they're talented, too," he said.
Each person enters the tournament for $20 and can enter another tournament afterward for $10. Cutchall said they could be at the park all day.
State Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, kicked off Saturday's event by doing the "first pitches" of the day.
Fundraising: In 2015, the first year of the event, $10,000 was raised for Mr. Sandy's Homeless Veteran Center, 412 W. King St. in York City.
The center's president and York City Councilwoman Sandie Walker said the fundraiser was a big help in allowing the center to open that October.
Bromley said that first event had 28 people playing, and it has since grown to nearly 60 players. Just like the player growth, the fundraising is growing as well. After the first year, the event began giving funds to additional veterans organizations.
"It's awesome to see how it's growing," Walker said.
Eck said he hopes to expand the event next year.
Terry Gendron, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs, spoke positively of the event.
"We support it because it's York County money that stays in York County," he said.
For more information on York County Veterans Outreach, check the group's Facebook page.
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