On the morning of April 9th, if you happened to pass the Gilmanton School, you probably noticed there was something going on. It was the 27th Annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament, New Hampshire’s longest running charity martial arts tournament. With over 500 attendees and participants, the Gilmanton School gymnasium was packed with standing room only. The tournament started at 10:00am and ended shortly before 5:00pm with 6 rings operating almost all the time. A long day, but one with a cause in mind.
In 1990 Grandmaster Dr. Georganne Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament. The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at sometime in our lives we all will know someone who will need the services provided by hospice. Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support local hospice programs like the one at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.
“Over the last 27 years, Kick for Cancer has raised an impressive amount exceeding $170,000,” States Vinnie Baiocchetti, Tournament Director and owner of White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire, “this year the tournament brought in over $14,000 for local hospice programs.”
“It is such a great event.” Says Brian Winslow, Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, “I have attended the last nine tournaments and they always impress me, not just because of the number of attendees but the energy at the event is through the roof.”
On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, we would like to thank everyone involved with the tournament, the volunteers, the organizers and the participants. We are already looking forward to next years event!!