Everyone has a wish list, and our Corps Community Centers, facilities and programs in Central Indiana are no exception. That’s why each summer The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary plans and puts on its signature annual event: the popular Golf 4 Giving Open. Money raised during this fun event help to purchase those items that simply don’t make it into our facilities’ annual budget, items like replacement freezers to store food for a feeding program or new basketballs for an after-school youth program.
The Golf 4 Giving Open seeks to refill those “wish list” coffers before the busy Christmas season and cold winter months are once more upon us. One hundred golfers hit the links at Golf Club of Indiana, located just northwest of Indianapolis near Zionsville. In addition to registration fees, golfers made increased their donations by paying for mulligans, taking part in a putting challenge and bidding on silent auction items.
“Our 16th annual Golf 4 Giving Open was great!” says Phyllis West, a long time Women’s Auxiliary member who led the event along with co-chair Marcia Patton. “The skies opened up for a few short minutes, which gave us a brief delay, and then we had sunshine again. The Golf Club of Indiana again provided a beautiful, well-maintained golf course and a most accommodating staff.”
The event raised just over $30,000, a great indicator of the supportive and generous community that we have in Central Indiana.
“The outing was exceptional and I have received many favorable comments from players and guests regarding the organization, friendliness and hard work of the SAWA members, Salvation Army officers and staff,” says Marcia, reflecting on the fun event. “One of our sponsors summed his day up by saying, ‘It’s a great event, beautiful course, exceptional silent auction AND the money goes toward a good cause!'”
WISH-TV morning news anchor Scott Sander emceed the Golf 4 Giving Open for the fifth year running and many local businesses stepped up to sponsor the event, including Klipsch Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Royal United Mortgage, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Valpak of Indianapolis and Stoops Buick GMC. The golfers were kept well-fed by food sponsors Square Donuts, Applebee’s, Dawsons on Main, Dawson’s Too and Handel’s Ice Cream.
Thank you to all our golfers, sponsors and supporters, including Jeff Rubenstein and Tim Davis of Golf Club of Indiana, for making this a great event and helping to ensure that we can always be there when our neighbors and community are in need!
(If you would like to learn more about Golf 4 Giving, visit our website www.Golf4Giving.org.)