By Nicole Schoen
For the past 10 years, the Newsome High School boys basketball team has raised money through a popular golf tournament fundraiser. This year’s annual event will take place Saturday, September 14, at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club at 8:30 a.m. with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds from the event provide needed items for the team, such as equipment, camp entries, and award banquets and warm-up uniforms.
“It’s been 10 years that we’ve been doing it and the basketball program has just gotten stronger over the years, so I think the community likes to get out and support something that is successful,” said Danny Curry, who has been organizing the event for two years.
The tournament is played in scramble-style accompanied with several small contests on the course such as a putting competition. A member of the basketball team will accompany each foursome as a caddy. The tournament lasts until about noon and there is a small awards ceremony afterward for the winners. Everyone who plays receives a goody-bag which includes a Newsome basketball T-shirt. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction with enough freebies for almost everyone to win something. Chick-fil-A will be providing breakfast and Beef o’ Brady’s will serve lunch free of charge.
“It’s put on first class,” said Curry. “We have door prizes and goody-bags and everything is really top notch. We’ve been doing it for so long now that we have a lot of returning gift givers.”
Last year, the golf tournament raised $10,000 and Curry said he hopes to reach that goal again this year. There are a few different ways to donate. It costs $100 per person to golf or to be a hole sponsor at the tee and $400 for a team of four. The largest ‘Major Sponsor’ package, worth $1,800, only costs $1,000 and includes golf for two teams of four, a hole sponsor at the tee, and recognition in tournament signage and in the programs distributed at regular season home games and ads in every home game program insert. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 6 and Curry encourages individuals to sign up early because they fill up fast every year.
For more information or to sign up for the tournament, contact Curry at 951-1778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.