Summer weather is just now reaching its peak, but local nonprofits are already looking toward cooler days as they gear up for their annual fall golf tournaments.
Each year, organizations throughout Matthews and Mint Hill host fall golf tournaments as a major fundraiser, inviting avid golfers to come out and take part in friendly competition while supporting a good cause.
Wondering where to go to get your golf fix this fall?
Here’s a look at some of the golf tournament fundraisers nonprofits have planned.
Mint Hill police tourney to benefit new Police Explorers program
The Mint Hill Police Department will host a golf tournament Oct. 6, a Saturday, at the Larkhaven Golf Course, 4801 Camp Stewart Road in Charlotte. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Mint Hill Police Department’s new Police Explorers program.
The program, launched in February, reaches out to students between the ages of 14 and 20 who have an interest in a career in law enforcement. Members of the Explorers program serve as cadets and learn the basics of law enforcement skills like handcuffing techniques, directing traffic, crime scene photography, fingerprinting and more. The cadets also volunteer to assist with different aspects of the job, including data entry, traffic control and other volunteer services.
Money raised from this year’s golf tournament will help the department buy uniforms for the cadets, supply them with equipment and establish scholarship funds for those who decide to pursue a degree in criminal justice or enter law enforcement.
“We currently have 10 cadets in the program, and we’re still getting in applications from others,” Police Chief Tim Ledford said. “We want to get the cadets funded so they feel like a part of the organization … get them in some uniforms and purchase some equipment.”
This will be the first time Mint Hill Police have hosted a golf tournament in two years. While Ledford said the department hasn’t set a goal for how much to raise, he’s hoping the community will jump on board to help support the Explorers.
“Any amount helps,” he said.
The cost to play is $65 for individuals and $260 per team, which covers green fees, cart fees, lunch and prizes. A mulligan package costs $20, which includes raffle tickets and more.
Gold, silver and basic hole sponsorship opportunities also are available.
For more information or to register, call Marsha Brackett at 704-545-1085, email email@example.com or visit www.minthill.com and click “Police Department” under the Town Government tab.
Matthews HELP Center’s 2nd annual event to serve families in need
During the past fiscal year, the Matthews HELP Center served a record 4,643 families in need. That’s 778 more people than the nonprofit helped last year.
With the number of area residents needing help paying rent, utilities, prescription costs and more increasing each year, the nonprofit is relying on its upcoming golf tournament to help meet the area’s growing needs.
The organization will host its second annual golf tournament on Sept. 18, a Tuesday, at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive in Mint Hill. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon.
Backporch Treasures, the center’s on site thrift store, raises cash for the nonprofit through the selling of donated items. And the HELP Center also receives support from many different organizations in the community. But with more and more clients needing the HELP Center’s services, it’s just not enough, tournament organizers say.
Last year, the golf tournament raised $22,000. Although the HELP Center hasn’t set a monetary goal, representatives are hoping for even more success this year.
“To accommodate escalating needs of our neighbors and ensure tourney’s the success, we need golf tournament sponsorship at all levels from businesses, organizations and individuals willing to invest in our community,” Kathy Kozminski, board of directors and golf tournament committee chairperson, said in an email.
The cost to play is $125 for individuals and $400 for a team of four. Corporate teams are $525, which covers a team of four plus a tee sponsorship. Larger sponsorship opportunities are available.
Chick-Fil-A will provide lunch and Outback Steakhouse will cater dinner.
For more information or to register, call 704-847-8383 or download the tournament brochure at www.matthewshelpcenter.org/pdfs/Golf_Brochure_2012.pdf.
Matthews Chamber tourney to help Siskey YMCA
For 10 years, the nonprofit Matthews Chamber of Commerce has hosted two annual golf tournaments. This year’s fall tournament will take place Oct. 23, a Tuesday, at the Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, in Charlotte. Lunch will be served from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and tee time is at noon. Dinner will be served following the tournament.
A portion of the funds raised will be donated to the Siskey YMCA, a nonprofit member of the chamber. Chamber Executive Director Tina Whitley said a goal has not been set for this fall’s tournament, but the chamber hopes to draw in a crowd of golfers, especially to support the Siskey YMCA.
“We don’t go into it with a goal-setting mindset,” she said. “We just hope to raise over and above what it costs to operate (the tournament), and we make it a charity event, so the money’s really going both ways.”
The cost to play is $125 for individuals. Hole sponsorship opportunities are available for $150. Those wishing to play and purchase a sponsorship can get a package deal for $600, which covers a team of four players plus a hole sponsorship. A mulligan package is available for $20, which includes raffle tickets, putting contest tickets and more.
For more information or to register, call 704-847-3649 or visit www.matthewschamber.org.
Levine Senior Center hosts 9th annual Golf Challenge
The Levine Senior Center hopes to continue and expand its health and wellness programs through money raised at the center’s 9th Annual Golf Challenge. The fall golf tournament takes place Oct. 1, a Monday, at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation located at 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive in Charlotte. Registration and lunch are at 11:30 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 1 p.m.
The Levine Senior Center serves local senior citizens through “empowering” them “to celebrate living by developing new relationships through fellowship, enhancing their knowledge through stimulating activities and believing in the concepts of boundless aging,” according to the center’s mission statement. The center offers clubs for a wide variety of games and physical activities, health and wellness classes, water activity classes and more.
Last year’s fall tournament raised $18,000 — $5,000 more than the previous year, and Executive Director Dahn Jenkins is hoping the tournament will bring in even more this year.
“We’ve really increased the amount of health and wellness programs and exercise programs that we do, and we really need to raise that ($18,000) or even more this year,” she said.
The cost to play is $100 per person or $380 for a team of four. Gold, silver, bronze and flag and tee box sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information or to regsiter, call 704-846-4654 or email Dahn Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.