CockoCerveza Beer Pong Tournament to benefit United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Inc. this weekend

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

It’s time to start working on those trick shots for charity.

The fourth annual CockoCerveza Beer Pong Tournament is Saturday night, Aug. 15, at New Paradigm Brewing Co., 600 S. Main St., Elkhart. It costs $30 for teams of two to participate in the tournament and proceeds benefit United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Inc.

CockoCerveza Beer Pong Tournament 
8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 
New Paradigm Brewing Co., 600 S. Main St., Elkhart 

Cost: $30 for teams of two

It’ll be a double elimination tournament, organizer Steve Starzyk said. Those who make it to first and second place will be in for a number of prizes, which could include gift cards for different Elkhart restaurants, a free dinner at New Paradigm Brewing Co., a bottle of liquor or T-shirts.

Local restaurants and businesses that compete in the tournament are also in the running for a traveling trophy, organizer Steve Starzyk said. Whichever team wins the tournament can display the trophy in their business or restaurant until the next CockoCerveza.

Those who get knocked out of the tournament can buy their way back in with $10.

The flyers at the brewery might say the tournament is limited to 100 teams, but Starzyk said they usually get about 25 every year. Those who are interested in competing can go to New Paradigm Brewing Co. either before or on the day of the event to register and pay the entry fee.

The brewery will also have beer specials, such as $5 pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon so people can fill up their cups for the tournament, though New Paradigm Brewing Co. co-owner Brandon Stanley said it’s up to contestants what they want to drink. 

There will also be two raffle competitions at the event, which will also benefit United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Inc. Those who win the first raffle will get two tickets to a non-conference Indiana University basketball game of the winner’s choice. Cost for that raffle is $5 per ticket. 

There will also be a 50/50 raffle, in which the winner will get half of the proceeds for the ticket sales. The other half will go towards United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Inc.

CockoCerveza continues a tradition that first started at Harrison Landing, the bar that was in the space where New Paradigm currently is, Starzyk said. Regulars would come in every week to pick up games of beer pong.

“It was just kind of a popular college thing to do, so we just tried to piggyback on the idea of some competition and fun,” he said. “A reason to get together and have a few beverages and have some competition for a good cause.”

It’s also an offshoot of Cockopalooza, a fundraiser held every September to benefit United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Starzyk said.

“We wanted to do something a little extra for the community so we thought that this would be a fun activity to supplement what we do for (United Cancer Services of Elkhart County),” Starzyk said.

Shirts from previous Cockopalooza events will also be sold at CockoCerveza for $2.

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