The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary was out in “full swing” on Monday. At Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel, the Auxiliary hosted their 10th annual Golf 4 Giving Open, a yearly charity golf tournament to benefit The Salvation Army’s programs in Indianapolis.

Eric Halvorson of WISH-TV8 emceed the dinner reception and also golfed for the media partner’s team. Shawn Collingsworth, who is an employee of our Hidden Falls Camp, auctioneered during a live auction of nearly a dozen experiences, collectibles, and other items. Emily Hallberg, the assistant Golf Professional for Plum Creek, was driving tee shots for charity at hole one.

Among the many sponsors of the event were Bedel Financial Consulting and Eagle Capital Management. Both organizations sponsored at the major level with gifts of $2,500. Elaine Bedel, owner of Bedel Financial Consulting and a sponsor for several consecutive years, said, “This outing gets bigger and better every year.” Applebee’s and Starbucks provided lunch and coffee during the day, Planned Investment sponsored the roving beverage carts, and the dinner reception was sponsored by Invesco and IPL.

The event kicked off with a shotgun start at 12:30, and the teams went out to participate in the ‘step aside scramble,’ a modified form of best ball that only permits the other three players to drop a ball from the fourth’s best shot. The foursomes competed in three divisions: all men, all women, and mixed foursomes.

Joan Spolyar, who chaired the Golf 4 Giving committee, was very appreciative of all the hard work the women of the Auxiliary put in to make this event what it is — remarkable. For more on the Golf 4 Giving Open, which will be at Plum Creek again next year on Wednesday, August 26th, check out