By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
People gathered at O’Donald’s Sept. 28 to play corn hole for a good cause.
Legacy Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization that works to rescue dogs in danger of being euthanized and place them in foster homes, and to educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering dogs, offered the tournament.
Money raised will help care for the 30-35 dogs Legacy currently has in foster homes. Dogs are found at the Mahoning and Trumbull County dog pounds, as well as wandering along the side of the road and other locations. Volunteers foster the dogs in their homes and Legacy provides shots, spaying or neutering, and other veterinary needs, as well as food.
Volunteers “just need to provide a home,” said Erin Yale, a volunteer with Legacy.
Approximately 10 teams competed in the tournament.
“We have a good following of supporters who always show up for events,” Yale said.
Pete Yale and Jesse Polite participated in the tournament.
“It’s a good cause,” Pete Yale said. “Everything goes back to the dogs.”
It’s good to help out, Polite agreed.
“I like to play in local benefits,” he said. “You’re giving back and you have a chance to win some money.”
The event also included a basket raffle and 50/50 raffle.
Ken and Buffy Balogh of Austintown are interested in adopting a dog from Legacy. They had a chance at the corn hole tournament to visit with Griffin, a dog being fostered by Carolyn Collazo. Griffin was found walking down the middle of a Kinsman road. Efforts to locate his owners were unsuccessful, so he was placed in foster care.
Legacy does “really good work. We like this organization,” Buffy said.
The couple has adopted a dog before, rather than purchase one from a pet store.
Adopted dogs “seem to be the best pets,” Ken said. “They’re good dogs.”
At the same time, Buffy added, it’s good to be able to help them.