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June 28, 2013

5K race, dunking booth among fundraisers Saturday for Cornerstone Ranch

GARDENDALE — A Gardendale restaurant is hosting its first annual block party and 5K on Saturday to benefit a special cause.

Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting the block party, complete with inflatables, a dunking booth, a cornhole tournament and a 5K, all to help out Cornerstone Ranch. The ranch, which is in its fifth year, is a non-profit Christian organization located in Gardendale which helps underprivileged kids.

Jay Beard, a Buffalo Wild Wings employee and organizer for the run, has a special connection to Cornerstone Ranch.

“My brother and I used to fish on the lake that is now Cornerstone Ranch when we were younger,” Beard said. After his brother died, Beard says that the “land always held a special place in my heart with the memories of Danny.”

Upon inquiring about a place he could take his 3-year-old son fishing, he was directed to Rusty Rouse and Jay Arnold of the Cornerstone Ranch.

“What started out as a simple fishing trip turned into this all-day fundraiser,” Beard said. With the help of his boss, Buffalo Wild Wings manager Sean O’Brien, and CrossFit Gardendale, the restaurant is spreading the word about a service that Beard said provides a service in Gardendale’s backyard.

Activities will include a cornhole tournament at 3 p.m. The cost for the tournament will be $20 per team, and registration will begin at 2 p.m.

There will be three divisions of the 5K: an Rx, a modified, and a regular 5K, all starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $30 and must be paid by 8 a.m. the day of the race.  

In addition to these activities, live music and a dunking booth will also be provided. Performers include James Miller and The County Road Band and Timber & Tide. Among those signed up to be dunked are Mayor Oyhell Phillips City Council President Stan Hogeland and several council members.

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