After months of planning, the Phillip Wright Memorial Corn Hole Tournament was held today at the Atkinson Barn in Danville.
Our family just got home from the event, and I can't say enough positive things about the Wright family and all of their efforts and planning, their volunteering of time and labor, and of Paul’s construction of the corn hole boards. Philip was so blessed to have such a wonderful family in the Wrights, and I am so proud to call them extended family.
I know that if Phillip could see all the people who showed up and helped out today, he would be so pleased. I know he would be especially pleased that his family is working to honor his memory, and to help raise money for and awareness of mental health and suicide awareness and prevention.
I do want to acknowledge the sponsors of the event and the participants and volunteers who helped make the event possible. Of course, Paul Wright of BuiltWright Woodworking and Jeanette Burnette, Phillip’s aunt and uncle, organized the event, so a special thank you to them! The platinum sponsors of the Phillip Wright Memorial Corn Hole Tournament are Point Blank Sporting Goods, Columbia Forest Products, TS Trophy and Sign, Bojangles, Davenport Energy, Ramsey, Yeatts and Associates Realtors, Teresa Moody Real Estate, Lands Towing, Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine, Chesapeake Bay Trading Company, W. L. Bowman Home Improvement, LLC, A and L Hauling in Gretna, Polynt Composite, Atkinson Farms, Tyree Heating, Cooling, and Electrical, and GoDocs Healthcare Center. Gold sponsors included Home Depot, Old Dominion Insurance, Gretna Animal Clinic, M&W Flower Shop, Chatham Shirts and Signs, Cherrystone Veterinary Hospital, Tucker Road Tactical, Sparkle and Shine Car Wash, Creative Expressions, State Farm Agent Diane Waller, Make America Great Again, Doomsday Tackle Company, Butcher’s Block, BB’s Place, CRB electric, 57 Superette, Gretna theater, Family Pharmacy in Tight Squeeze, Fisher Auto Parts in Chatham, and Chatham DMV Select. Paul Wright constructed the cornhole boards and scoreboards, and Olivia Bartell made all of the cornhole bags.
Volunteers from the Danville-Pittsylvania County Out of Darkness Walk were present with information about suicide awareness and prevention, as well as signs lining the walkway leading to the event entrance. Terry Sharpe, The Walking Marine who walks to bring attention and awareness to US military veteran suicides, was also present.
In addition to sponsorships and participant registration fees, concessions were sold, prizes were raffled, and a silent auction was held. The funds will go toward any final family expenses, and any proceeds that remain are going to go toward the family’s participation in the Danville- Pittsylvania County Out of Darkness Walk to be held in November. There is more information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as how you can walk, volunteer, or donate at www.AFSP.Org/walk.
Congratulations to today's winners Nick Travis and Mickey Pope. Thank you again to all of the people who donated silent auction items, who sponsored the event, who volunteered, participated, and who showed up and were simply present today. It was a special day that we were happy to share with so many. Thanks for helping us honor Phillip's memory, bring awareness to some very real, difficult, and important issues, and raise some money for a good cause. Thanks to our community for continuing to love our family. We love you right back!