A group within the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a charity pool tournament this month with all proceeds going to veteran-owned businesses.

The Back Our Veterans Pool Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. with a 9 a.m. check-in at Slate Street Billiards Bar & Grill in Rio Rancho on Oct. 28.

Registration is open through Oct. 20 for a fee of $50 per person. Teams will play 9 Ball Scotch Doubles with a prize of $300 for first place and $150 for second.

This is one of three fundraiser events held annually by the Chamber’s Veterans Business Support Coalition.

“Every year we have three fundraisers to raise scholarship money for veteran-owned businesses that are two years or younger and have 10 employees or less because when you open up a business, there’s a lot of ancillary costs that come into play that you didn’t have planned for in the beginning,” Chamber Director of Membership Jamie Gallardo said. “It’s a lot of fun; it goes to a great cause. It’s a great fundraiser.”
The Veterans Business Support Coalition also holds a motorcycle run fundraiser around Memorial Day and a bowling tournament each year.