Cornhole Tournament benefits family of Meriden teen that died

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A cornhole tournament was held at Lake Shawnee on Saturday to benefit the family of a Meriden teen that died in April.

Chance Stiffler was 16 when he died on April 20, 2019 in an accidental shooting.

On Saturday, a cornhole tournament was held in his honor.

Melissa Stark said her kids went to school with Chance, and wanted to do something to support his family.

She said, "In this day and age its hard to know that kids are making the right choice, but knowing that my kids are so loving and caring and think about other people, it means the world and I'm so proud of them."

All proceeds from the entry fees, raffle tickets, and silent auction will all go to Chance's family.

Chance's mother, Nichole Cooney-Dowding, was also in attendance and said she's thankful for the community's help. "I'm just grateful for the support. To know that he wasn't forgotten, that he really did live, and to see how many people's lives he affected in just his short years here."

Stark said they are working on making the memorial cornhole tournament an annual event.

If you'd like to donate to Chance's family, contact Melissa Stark at 785-217-7989.