MEDINA — The 2018 Meadows Turkey Bowl raised a record $318,000, the Medina Gazette reports.
The backyard football games, played on Thanksgiving, benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and The Grace Foundation, with the players raising donations. This year, the championship game was dedicated to Brittany Parker, a single mom who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
“It is humbling, I couldn’t do it without people, we call it playing the game within the game, just going out and raising money,” founder Mike Meadows told the newspaper. “It is truly unbelievable, it is a blessing from God.”
While the family game dates back 27 years, the gathering has turned into a charity event over the last 14. The gathering has raised more than $1.8 million.
This year, for the first time, the games were played at Reagan Park after outgrowing the Meadows' backyard, the newspaper said.
For more details or to donate, visit: http://meadowsturkeybowl.com.