COLONIAL HEIGHTS - On Saturday, community and business members, family and friends gathered at Roslyn Landing Park to compete in a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter.

With assistance from the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce, State Farm Insurance Agent Alex Perkinson created the event with a goal of benefitting the animal shelter.

An avid animal lover, Perkinson currently provides a home to seven rescues.

“I’m a big animal rescuer, and so is my family. I realize that I do a lot of charity events for different charities, and I’ve never seen one raising money for places that need as much help as animal shelters,” he said. “They need a ton of help.”

He wanted to incorporate a fun game where people of all ages and skill levels could participate and have fun.

“Unlike golf, anybody can play. It doesn’t matter how good or how bad you are. You can play,” Perkinson said. “It was double elimination, it was a lot of fun.”

The event was attended by eight teams consisting of about 50 people.

“We had a lot more registered, but because of Hurricane Michael, a lot of people couldn’t come out,” Perkinson said. “We had about 15 teams registered, and a bunch couldn’t come out at the last minute, but we still made it work.”

Event sponsors included Alex Perkinson State Farm, the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce, B&T Towing, Off Duty Graphix, Central Marketing, Tyler Realty Group, Quintessential, and Energy, Comfort & Indoor Air Quality Specialists.

Kelsey Reichenberg may be reached at kreichenberg@progress-index.com or 804-722-5109.