The scenic golf course at Forest Park in Valparaiso held business members and supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Porter Country during their 35th annual golf outing. Although the weather wasn’t perfect, the golf outing brought together friends and colleagues to play golf and support a terrific organization.
Between the morning and afternoon tee off, the golf outing had a total of 172 golfers, which is the most that they have ever had participate. Teams included members from a lot of the sponsors. All the funds made from the event went to supporting the operations of the Boys and Girls Club of Porter County.
“We are seeing tremendous response of supporters, sponsors, golfers and participants that believe in what we do and come out here to enjoy a great time on the course for a good cause,” President of Boys & Girls Club of Porter County, Ryan Smiley said.
The outing provided many chances for prizes and competition including 50/50 and eight baskets filled with goodies to win. The coveted trophy was be handed out to lowest gross, while you could also get recognized for lowest net, the chipping contest, longest drive, and longest putt. This is the first year the traveling trophy was back up for grabs.
There were over 50 different sponsors at all levels. This year, the golf outing had two presenting sponsors being Lakeside Wealth Management and NIPSCO. Before starting, NIPSCO presented the Boys & Girls Club with a check for $25,000 to help their capital campaign goal.
“The community’s support is absolutely critical. We couldn’t do what we do without you. I have a feeling we’ll set another record number this year for the money raised and I appreciate you all being a part of it,” President at Lakeside Wealth Management and Chair for the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County, Tim Rice said.
Sponsors not only helped with fundraising, but also enjoyed playing with their teams.
“We are here to support the Boys & Girls Club and it is one of our core missions to support non-for-profits in Porter County.” Market President at Horizon Bank in Porter County, Kent Mishler said.
This year was special events and marketing manager, Stephanie Mateer’s first year being involved with this event. “My favorite part is knowing that they funds made at this event all go to helping the kids. Working in the club and seeing them everyday; it’s great to see the impact that all of us have on them.”
Kids from the Boys & Girls club even helped out with the event by ferrying for the golfers.
The day ended with dinner and awards. With such a great turn out, the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County can continue to provide clubs, programs and support to the children of Porter County.
“We are humbled and honored to have so many dedicated staff and volunteers that really put this together. The community steps up because I believe they believe in what we’re doing and they want to support our kids and clubs through a fun event,” Smiley said.