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Grace Smith House Calling All Champions For Annual Fundraiser

Grace Smith House Executive Director Michele Pollock Rich and Board Chair Barbara Mauri award present the 2015 winners, Michael Davis and Matthew Repp from Meyer Contracting, with the Afternoon of Champions trophy.
Grace Smith House Executive Director Michele Pollock Rich and Board Chair Barbara Mauri award present the 2015 winners, Michael Davis and Matthew Repp from Meyer Contracting, with the Afternoon of Champions trophy. Photo Credit: contributed
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions.
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions. Photo Credit: Grace Smith House Facebook
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions.
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions. Photo Credit: Grace Smith House Facebook
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions.
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions. Photo Credit: Grace Smith House Facebook
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions.
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions. Photo Credit: Grace Smith House Facebook
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions.
Competitors try their hand at a variety of contests at the Afternoon of Champions. Photo Credit: Grace Smith House Facebook

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Are you in need of a challenge? Ready to break a sweat for a good cause? The Grace Smith House Afternoon of Champions fundraiser -- a day of games and fun physical challenges -- is coming soon, on Friday, Sept. 23.

Fifty-two person teams of two will compete for a variety of prizes and help Grace Smith House "achieve the ultimate triumph -- helping survivors of domestic violence begin new lives."

Individuals, local businesses and other organizations are invited to register for this annual fundraiser, which will be held at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Pavilion, in Poughkeepsie.

Would-be champions will participate in a broad range of contests. In past years, these have included bocce, KanJam, beanbag toss, a "pit stop challenge" and more. The afternoon also includes a hearty BBQ lunch for participants.

Registration is $250 a team, and "costumes are thoroughly encouraged," organizers note. Click here to register.

The event will run from 2-7 p.m. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is located at 75 N. Water St.

Grace Smith House will celebrate its 35th anniversary next month, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The organizing will also be hosting a variety of events to spread awareness throughout October, and invite the community to join them in supporting victims of domestic violence.

For more information about the Grace Smith House, visit its website. Those needing help can call its 24-hour hotline at 845-471-3033.

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