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Annual event all about fun, supporting charities

CARLSBAD — The 5th annual H.O.C. Summer Games, formerly known as The Hurricane Olympics, is gearing up for its June 11 fundraiser at Magee Park.
Team players and spectators will join together for a day of fun while supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.
“The event is a twist on Beer Olympics,” said Steff Colonna, president and founder of the nonprofit H.O.C., Incorporated.
Team members will be challenged to take part in mind-boggling obstacle courses and unique games like “Dizzy Chicken Shot Put,” “Bocce Biatches,” puzzles, “Go Pound Sand” and more.
And like before, spectators will have an amusing time watching.
Colonna said the day is all about skill and having a good time. The original idea came from a birthday party she had, which became an annual charity event.
“Although it is a drinking event, it turns more and more into a family event every year,” she said. “Our nonprofit just grew from there putting on all kinds of fun events and fundraisers.”
The three components to the H.O.C. Summer Games are competition, beer and charity. Colonna said they are still gathering teams, but usually average 15.
“All participants must be over the age of 21 to compete — but spectators of all ages stop by and watch,” she said.
Funds raised for Make-A-Wish are made possible by team entry fees, donations and T-shirt and bracelet sales.
Colonna said their earnings range from $3,500 to $4,200 per year. Nearly 80 percent of the proceeds go directly to fulfill the dream of a “Wish Kid” assigned to them.
“We obviously would like to raise more each year, but with the economy, we are happy with whatever we get right now,” she said.
The games start at noon following the “lighting of the torch” ceremony. For more information, visit Magee Park is at 258 Beech Ave.