Euchre Tournament Provides Arbor Power to Barberton Students
Next week Barberton euchre fans will put their cards on the table to provide school supplies to around 1,500 pupils.
Every kindergarten, every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grader.
Starting Tuesday, hundreds of euchre players will take part in a tournament at venues across Barberton, as Magic City becomes the Bower Burg.
The tournament is the latest mission from resident Paula Kallio, who has mixed up an idea from Councilman Thomas “Bebe” Heitic and dealt what she hopes will be a winning hand for local students and euchre-goers.
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“I was talking to Bebe and he was like, ‘Why don’t you do a euchre tournament?’ ” she says.
Kallio, who is no stranger to charitable endeavors and public service, has served on boards and committees for the city, the Barberton Community Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Chamber of Commerce. from South Summit.
She immediately liked Heitic’s suggestion. For one thing, euchre is popular in the city, and it’s a team activity—two teams of two players team up—. On the other hand, it was not a golf event.
“If I hear a golf tournament one more time, I’m going to scream,” she said in an interview at her home in Barberton on Thursday. “People like to play euchre – all ages.”
Cards for children
In the spring, Kallio had met with Barberton City School District Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz and other school officials, exploring what the district’s youngest students might need to help them get the school year off to a good start. next.
They decided on school supplies for the students, estimating a need for 1,500 backpacks full of pencils, glue, scissors, notebooks, and all the basics an ardent student would need to achieve academic excellence. The project, she estimates, will cost around $20,000.
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Kallio put together a team to organize the euchre tournament, and Barberton councilor Tayler Thompson handled the logistics.
Starting Tuesday in several locations – the number continues to grow – euchre teams will pair up at local businesses, with the winners from each location qualifying for the July 19 championship. The finalists will face off at Barberton Moose Lodge, where a coin toss and 50/50 draw will also take place, Thompson said.
The advisor said she tried to keep the tournament rules simple and easy to navigate. And she said venues with high turnouts will nurture additional championship teams.
“For 10 people, one team will go,” Thompson said. “…I feel like anyone who wants [can] go ahead and get involved.
Players must bring a partner and the cost is $10 per player.
A helping hand from Marc
Thompson said it’s hard to estimate how many teams will participate, but more than 100 players have signed up or declared their intention to do so. As of Thursday morning, nine venues were hosting first-round competitions, with at least one more possible, she said.
Players who can’t get enough of the popular card game can get paid at one location and register at another location for a second chance, she said.
Kallio said members of the euchre organizing team will be circulating the venue, explaining the fundraiser to players and encouraging attendees.
She said Marc’s, which recently opened a location at Magic City Plaza, has stepped up to provide at-cost supplies for the fundraiser.
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“It blew my mind,” she said.
Kallio said students, especially young children, had been through a tough time during the pandemic and they and their families deserved a break.
“These kids were locked up and when they went back to school they had to wear masks,” she said.
Both women hope the tournament will be successful enough to make it an annual event. Perhaps, they speculated, the Magic City could become the eucherian capital of Ohio.
“When I was having the trophies made, I made sure to put 2020 in there,” Thompson said.
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How to register, where to play
To register, go to https://bit.ly/3nPmqpc or email Tayler Thompson at [email protected] Organizer Paula Kallio said teams can register at Round 1 tournament locations until the time of the event.
Tour 1 time and locations:
tuesday july 12
• Taphouse by M and M – 7 p.m.
The championship is at Barberton Moose Lodge on July 19 at 6 p.m.