Cornhole for Connor Raises Over $20,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Earlier this month, VeronaTogether held its 2nd Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament - Cornhole for Connor. Each year, the organization works with a local family to choose a nonprofit beneficiary of the event’s proceeds and Jett Foundation is honored to have been selected by the Barshay Family in honor of Connor Barshay, an 11-year-old living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Connor’s parents, Michelle and Ethan, shared their gratitude: “We are so appreciative for the work that Jett Foundation does for the Duchenne community, and we are happy that with the amazing support of VeronaTogether and our community were able to benefit Jett Foundation programs. Ethan and I attended one of your parent sessions in the early days after Connor's diagnosis, and we walked away with knowledge, hope and became acquainted with Connor's doctor (Dr. Wagner at KKI). We are both touched by your generosity and upbeat commitment to not only parents, but our boys as well. We hope one day Connor will be able to go to Camp Promise with his peers.”

VeronaTogether’s goal for the event was a lofty $18,000 for Jett Foundation. They well surpassed that goal, bringing in a total of over $20,000 for our programs like Camp Promise, Jett Giving Fund, Family Workshops, and more.

“The energy and enthusiasm for the event was beyond our expectations and inspires us to continue what we started at VeronaTogether. Michelle's words at the event were inspirational in describing how Connor is empowered by DMD not defined by it. And, he is quite the chef, each team received two bottles of his sauce, which are amazing (and HOT!),” said event co-coordinator, Chris Heimerle.

We are so appreciative for the work that Jett Foundation does for the Duchenne community, and we are happy that with the amazing support of VeronaTogether and our community were able to benefit Jett Foundation programs.
— Michelle & Ethan Barshay, Connor's Parents

Did we mention that Connor is the Executive Chef of his own hot sauce company? Connor has always had a sophisticated palate for exotic foods and perfectly paired sauces. With the help of family and friends, he combined that love with a strong desire to raise visibility and awareness for families impacted by muscular dystrophy, and thus, Connor’s Saucery was born.

We are so grateful to the incredible VeronaTogether team for developing such a fun community event in support of Jett Foundation and to the Barshay family for choosing to support our organization. Special thanks to Chris Heimerle, Shawn Luftglass, Chris Kenrick, Ryan Dacey, and Brendan Walsh for their support and for working so enthusiastically to realize the event’s success.

Our work in the Duchenne community is simply not possible without the support of local fundraiser events, like Cornhole for Connor, hosted by families and community members! If you are thinking about hosting your own local fundraiser in support of Jett Foundation, please check out our FUNdraising packet here or email maura@jettfoundation.org.