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Two Fairfield nonprofits to take plunge with new fundraiser

Dougie & Ray’s and the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League will team up to host the inaugural Cannonball for Kids fundraiser to support the two nonprofits. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE
Dougie & Ray’s and the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League will team up to host the inaugural Cannonball for Kids fundraiser to support the two nonprofits. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE

Two community nonprofits aim to make a splash with a new, joint fundraiser this summer.

Businesses severely impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, have cut back on charitable donations. Donations from the general public have also dwindled as families look to tighten their pocketbooks, and fundraising events were put off.

These changes have put many nonprofits, including Dougie & Ray's and the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League, in a financial pinch.

“Every nonprofit is hurting right now. They’re starting to feel the effect,” said Ted McDaniel, founder of the nonprofit Dougie & Ray’s.

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Dougie & Ray's canceled the second annual Kicking Info Fall fundraising kickball tournament, and the Miracle League canceled multiple fundraisers, including its Miracle Ball, which volunteer CEO Kim Nuxhall called "a major financial hit."

But after a conversation between McDaniel and Fairfield Wesleyan Church Pastor Billy Bruns, where the pastor encouraged McDaniel to “think outside the box,” the inaugural Cannonball for Kids was born.

It’s set for Aug. 4 at Rolling Hills Swim and Tennis Club. The event will feature 48 cannonballers, and McDaniel said the goal is to have participation from Fairfield City School District administrators, teachers and coaches, city of Fairfield officials, police officers and firefighters. Local celebrities, such as Nuxhall, will also take the plunge.

“We wanted to get as many people as we could to have fun, and raise money for the kids of the Miracle League as well as Fairfield City School kids,” said McDaniel.

Nuxhall said he was more than happy to participate in the event, especially for one of his former students.

“It’s cool to see a former student doing what he’s doing, and who’s he’s doing it for,” said Nuxhall, a retired gym and character education teacher with Fairfield City Schools. “He’s got a passion for what he does, and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

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To encourage social distancing, the event is open for in-person viewing but it’s also going to be live-streamed through Facebook Live on Dougie & Ray’s and the Miracle League’s Facebook pages.

People can support the event in two ways.

First, business owners can purchase a $50 sponsorship, which McDaniel said they’re keeping it low because businesses are struggling just like nonprofits. Business names and numbers will be announced during the event and will be scrolling on a ticker throughout the four-hour event.

Second, are “bounty” pledges. Bounties will be placed on each cannonball participant, and the public will donate toward them. Anyone donating $50 or more will get a free event t-shirt.

Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.

HOW TO HELP

Tax-deductible sponsorships and donations can be made to Dougie & Ray’s. Contact the charity by email, dougieandrays@gmail.com, or by phone or text at 513-919-4989.