Spring is here, finally.
The grass is turning green, the birds are migrating north and flowers and trees soon will blossom.
It’s mostly everyone’s favorite time of year when we can start seeding our gardens, planning trips to the beach and everything in between. But if you’re anything like me, getting back on the golf course is what’s most exciting.
Throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, there are many golf courses, public to private, designed for all skills levels and walks of life. One popular trend in the golf community is participating in golf tournaments that have specific beneficiaries – whether it be raising money for charity, promoting a business endeavor or simply to raise awareness for a cause.
Full disclosure: I am the president of the Mauch Chunk Charity Foundation.
Last year, the organization held its inaugural outing at White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville, Schuylkill County, and raised more than $3,000 that was donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s now teaming up with business partners and donors to make this year’s event bigger and better. The tournament again will be held at White Birch Golf Course.
Mauch Chunk Charity Foundation is seeking local businesses to sponsor the event which will make a direct impact on children living in the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Sponsor opportunities are:
Tee sponsorship: $75 (includes advertisement with company logo on a tee box and acknowledgment in player program).
Green sponsorship: $100 (includes private advertisement with company logo on a green and acknowledgement in player program).
Monetary donations: Charitable monetary donations are being accepted from businesses and individuals.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 nonprofit medical facilities throughout North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the hospitals are known as “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy” and are owned and operated by Shriners International, a Freemasonry-related organization whose members are known as Shriners. The mission of the hospitals is to provide medical care to children under the age of 18, and to continue research and development efforts of the medical staff to ensure that each child treated becomes as healthy and independent as possible.
While sponsorships and donations are strongly welcomed, the organization is quickly filling the playing field. Last year, the tournament hosted 76 players and is expecting to exceed that and potentially sell out this year.
The tournament is in the format of a four-man scramble. All players/teams must be registered and paid in full by April 30. The tournament has a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is outside the pro shop (weather permitting) from 8-9:30 a.m.
The $60 player fee ($240 per foursome) includes green fee with cart, prize tickets, a hot dog and drinks at the turn, buffet style dinner, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. There will be several contests, including straightest drive, a marshmallow tee-off contest, chipping contest, closest to the pin, and much more. A slew of prizes will be awarded during dinner.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the event, or you have a team that would like to play in the tournament, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook to acquire the paperwork and information. All checks must be made payable to Brian Hawk, Trustee – Mauch Chunk Charity Foundation, 803 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.
What: Mauch Chunk Charity Foundation’s Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
When: Saturday, May 14.
Where: White Birch Golf Club, Barnesville.
Time: Player registration begins at 8:30 a.m., shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Player cost: $60 per player, $240 per foursome.
Sponsorship cost: $75 for tee box advertisement, $100 for private, greenside advertisement.
Donations: Monetary donations of all values accepted.
Benefits: All proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.