I’m taking a break from my scheduled postings to share about one the amazing events scheduled in honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness this weekend.
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, we are hosting the first ever Darts for Cystic Fibrosis in Meriden, CT.
My husband Ken, a competitive dart player, has been running Drop-in Dart Tournaments for the past year. In addition to playing darts for the past two years, he was captain of the number one team in their division. The dart community is a pretty small world, but when you take a closer look at our local dart scene, you’ll see a spiderweb of talent, activity and camaraderie.
While I was planning out the month’s blog posts for my Cystic Fibrosis Journey, he came up with the idea of holding an event for the dart community to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.With only a few weeks to plan, some people thought that there wasn’t enough time to pull it together, but Ken had been throwing Drop-Ins for a while. All he had to do is plan the fundraising part, recruit participants, pound the pavement for raffle prizes, and find local companies willing to help sponsor the event. No big deal.
What he’s done has amazed me – the local community has donated thousands of dollars in prizes for the raffle prizes. The business who sponsors his dart team – Ryders on Main in Meriden – has offered their space and time for the event. The owner, Lynn Ryder (who we cannot thank enough), has also opened her virtual rolodex of contacts and helped find additional resources for raffle prizes. The generosity and enthusiasm from the small business community has been nothing short of inspiring. They have opened their wallets and compassion to the point where I have cried happy tears. Every few hours, I get an excited text message from Ken that so-and-so has just donated another prize!!
We have no idea how many people are going to show up, but there’s a buzz among the local dart community. In addition to raffle prizes, the competition offers money prizes to the top three players.
The entry feet to play is $20 – $10 goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and $10 goes to “the pot” for the three final winners.
Registration begins at 12 noon, and play begins at 1pm. Raffle drawing will take place during a break in game play, and tickets are $10 per arm’s length.
If you are interested in helping, we are setting up early at Ryder’s on Saturday, with some hot “Joe and donuts” from the local Dunkin Donuts.
Here’s a very small sample of some of the over 50 prizes you can win. We just found out that there’s a HUGE prize just added to the list, so stay tuned to the Darts for CF Facebook page!
At the end of the event, we hope to have a final tally so that you all will know how much you helped raise, which we will be bringing to the following day’s Great Strides walk in Madison, CT. I’ll share more info on that event tomorrow. Until then, sharpen your skills and your darts, it’s time to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis!