Raising funds, having fun

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:06

Fundraising for nonprofit organizations is a never-ending battle. Trying to find unique and exciting ways to attract the community’s attention is extremely challenging. Then when you do find something new, everyone else latches on to it and the next thing you know, there’s dozens of the same type of event happening.

Fortunately, some of those events include activities that are a lot of fun, such as golfing, and it’s an activity that many of us like to do on a regular basis. So if that’s the case, why not enjoy a favorite sport and help out a nonprofit organization at the same time?

There are plenty of golf tournaments coming up in the next couple of months for worthwhile causes. The Lions Clubs are very active in supporting these endeavors and encourage other community members to take part in them. They are a great way to meet new people, enjoy the outdoors, win prizes and raise money for great organizations in our community.

Coming up on June 14 is the annual Hope Golf Classic, which the Eagle River Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club has been helping sponsor for several years. This tournament benefits Hope Community Resources, which provides services and support to individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from their event play an important role in assisting families whose children experience a disability and are waiting for services to remain whole and out of crisis. Funds are used to purchase adaptive equipment, supplement daily living needs, provide training, offer recreation scholarships and much more.

On July 21, the Eagle River Elks Lodge will host a tournament to raise scholarship money for our local high school students. This event is in memory of Don Olson, a long-time Alaskan and Elks member who was dedicated to our educational system and to quality education for the children of our community. In addition, a memorial hole-in-one contest has been added to honor long-time resident and outstanding community service volunteer and Elks member Tom Adams. This is an excellent opportunity to help support educational opportunities for the youth in our community and to learn more about the Elks and their activities as a service club in the Eagle River community.

Another tournament close to the Lions is the Shots for Sean event that will happen August 21. This tournament is in memory of a young man, Sean, who had Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a very rare metabolic disease. This disease causes severe neurological damage and there is no known cure for it, let alone medication to help minimize the damage it causes. It is one of those diseases that doesn’t draw much attention because it is so rare. In turn, funding for research is limited, so participating in this event helps raise much-needed research funds to battle this disease, which is devastating to adolescents.

As we said, there are many other golf tournaments for many other worthy causes, we just wanted to share with you some of the events that the Lions choose to participate in and find meaningful to us and our community.


For more information about any of these tournaments, please visit the Sleeping Lady Mtn. Lions Club website at www.sleepingladylions.org.

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