Inaugurated as the Bachelor Games, this year’s event, set for noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at KC’s Sandbar & Grille at 190 Miracle Strip Parkway NE, will be the first-ever Remember the Fallen Games.
FORT WALTON BEACH — A friendly, if admittedly somewhat goofy, competition among friends last year will be reprised next month, but for a serious purpose — to benefit the family of Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, who is missing and presumed dead after a Nov. 5 parachuting incident over the Gulf of Mexico.
Inaugurated as the Bachelor Games, this year’s event, set for noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at KC’s Sandbar & Grille at 190 Miracle Strip Parkway NE, will be the first-ever Remember the Fallen Games, according to John McDermott, one of the organizers.
Like the Bachelor Games, the Remember the Fallen Games will comprise five party-style events: cornhole, flip cup, beer pong, rock-paper-scissors and drink-tac-toe.
While most, if not all, of those games are associated with alcohol-fueled fun, McDermott was careful to note that participants are welcome to substitute water for whatever other beverages might be consumed in any of the events.
“You don’t need to drink to participate,” McDermott stressed.
The inaugural Bachelor Games, like so many other ideas of its type, was conceived while McDermott and some of his friends were arguing about which of them was better at what party games.
“It was just me and a couple of buddies sitting around shooting the breeze and somebody said ’I’m better at this (particular game) than you,’” McDermott recalled. Word went out, and so it was that scores were settled among “40 or 50” people at the Bachelor Games, according to McDermott.
McDermott, an Air Force veteran now working in cybersecurity contracting at Eglin Air Force Base, expects the Remember the Fallen Games to attract “exponentially” more people than the Bachelor Games, particularly when word gets out that “100%” of the proceeds will go to Condiff’s wife, Rachael, and the couple’s two young daughters.
And, McDermott added, current plans call for the Remember the Fallen Games to become a twice-yearly event, each one benefiting a cause related to fallen military personnel.
Entering the inaugural Remember the Fallen Games costs $10 per person, which can be paid at registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event, or online in advance at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/RememberTF?locale.x=en_US.
Participants can register with a partner, or enter individually and have a partner assigned. Bonus points will be awarded to participants who dress in a Christmas-themed outfit. Participants can also take advantage of drink specials throughout the day.
In addition to its own fundraising initiative, the Facebook page for the Remember the Fallen Games includes a link to the online GoFundMe campaign for Condiff’s wife and daughters at https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-condiff-family.