Cornhole tourney raises over $16K in Paso Robles


Funds will help family of PRPD Sgt. Lehr with medical expenses

PASO ROBLES —Sixty teams competed Saturday in the first Police and Fire Union Corn Hole Tournament that benefitted the family of Paso Robles Police Department Sgt. Ricky Lehr.

At the end of the day in the Downtown City Park, more than $16,000 was raised for the Lehr family to go toward offsetting medical expenses for their teenage daughter, Jadyn Lehr.

The Paso Robles Police Officer’s Association and Firefighters Local 4148 organized the tournament.

“We knew we were going to have a good turnout,” said said Paso Robles POA President Eric Azarvand. “But Saturday was even beyond our expectations.”

Azarvand estimated that with all of the competitors, spectators and volunteers there were more than 300 people in the park during the tournament that ran from 10 a.m. to around 4 p.m.

The top three teams from the inaugural event were the South County Baggers in first place, followed by Team Smith and We Married Sisters.

Players came from as far away as the Central Valley, Northern California and Los Angeles, Azarvand said.

Silent auction items — everything from wine to autographed NFL and MLB memorabilia — was spread out on several tables under the gazebo in the park. Drinks and a barbecue lunch were also available with the proceeds going to the help the Lehrs.

The hashtag JadynStrong was prevalent in the park and everyone was happy to see that the Lehrs, including Jadyn, were able to stay for most of the tournament.

Jadyn, 14, was rushed to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera on June 25 and was hospitalized  as doctors treated an autoimmune disease that caused her kidneys to fail.

She underwent surgery, and during the procedure, doctors discovered Jordyn had a previously undiagnosed heart defect not associated with the autoimmune disease.

Fortunately, treatment for the autoimmune disease — chemotherapy — is available and has a high success rate, but it takes up to a year.

Jadyn needs dialysis daily and, ultimately, if the chemo is successful new kidneys. She may also have to undergo heart surgery.

Azarvand started a Go Fund Me campaign after learning what happened to Jordyn. It raised nearly $23,000.

The police and fire non-profit groups are planning to continue the fundraising tournament in 2019 with the funds going to a benevolence fund.

“We truly hope everyone will consider joining us next year,” Azarvand said, adding that a date is to be determined.

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