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Tuggin at heartstrings for Jefferson special-needs camp
Tug of Love at Camp Hooray competition takes place Aug. 27
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The “lightweights” and the “lugs” will be categories of teams competing in the Aug. 27 Tug of Love at Camp Hooray, a special-needs camp off Damon Gause Parkway in Jackson County.

“Lightweights” will be teams of individuals younger than 18 or weighing less than 180 pounds. Teams with participants older than 18 and weighing more than 180 pounds will be considered “lugs.”

All teams will create a fundraising page and raise at least $300. Those proceeds and other donations will benefit Extra Special People Inc. and its Jefferson facility which had its name unveiled during last year’s Tug of Love.

With a target of $8,000, five tug-of-war teams are rallying for donations. To contribute, go online at

The five teams will then battle it out at Camp Hooray, hoping to pull their opponents into muddy waters between them. The highest fundraising team will be recognized as the strongest.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the tugging begins at 10:30 a.m. at 193 Strickland Lane in Jefferson. Lunch will be offered at 11:30 a.m.

Tug of Love, a fundraising and awareness event, was established by the 2014 Leadership Jackson Class through the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. Its proceeds benefitted Camp Wellspring, a camp for special-needs children and adults.

This year, Tug of Love is assisting Camp Hooray after ESP bought the property. Camp Hooray helps children and their families to thrive.

For more information, visit or follow Extra Special People Inc. on Facebook.

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