News from Assistance League of Indianapolis
Assistance League® of Indianapolis was honored to be the designated charity to receive the funds raised from the Annual Hunt Construction Group, An AECOM Company, Charity Golf Outing held on September 8, 2016 at Eagle Creek Golf Club. A short downpour in the afternoon could not dampen the spirits of the golfers and volunteers. Nearly two-hundred golfers enjoyed playing on the beautiful course, but golf was not the only opportunity for participants to have fun. The event committee made sure there were plenty of amusements and games to entertain everyone throughout the day. Nate Wooten, Pam McNealy, Amber Pirtle, Paul Wojciechowski, Lena Kolesnikova, and Breta Koester of Hunt gave help and support throughout the many weeks of planning that made the event such a success.
The Honorable Mayor Joe Hogsett opened the festivities by speaking to the golfers and volunteers. He praised Assistance League and Hunt Construction Group for their support of our community, and helped present a very big check.
Ken Johnson, Executive Vice President, Division Manager from Hunt, presented Assistance League with a check for $26,821. The total amount raised from the golf event was approximately, $30,500. Adele Carr, President, accepted the check and thanked Hunt for their generous support and recognized all the golfers for coming out to participate.
Golfers started the day with bagels donated from College Park Einstein Bagels and coffee donated from Hubbard and Cravens. Thanks to Granite City, who for the third year, offered golfers a refreshing libation on the Sycamore course and to Sun King Brewery who donated beer for the beverage carts and treated golfers to a tasting of Sun King products on the Pines course. Darin Pinnick and Matt Houser from Woodland Country Club were available to hit drives for the golfing groups. Earth & Turf LLC generously supplied a live Prince Albert fir which was made into a gift card tree containing 18 local businesses’ gift cards with a combined value of $680. Raffle tickets for the gift card tree as well as the over 100 Birdie Raffle and five Eagle Raffle prizes were available from the start of the day. A 50/50 raffle was held and raised $1,010. Plenty of friendly competition contributed to the high spirits of the golfers as they took part in the varied activities throughout the day. The Marshmallow Mash tested swing skills as participants hit a jumbo marshmallow to see who could drive it the furthest. King Putt required golfers to make four putts from varied distances in 30 seconds. Shouts of glee were heard from Tipsy Toss contestants as they attempted to lob rings over their favorite bottles of liquor kindly donated by Southern Wine and Spirits.
The lucky winner generously donated his winnings back to Assistance League. Subway of Indiana charitably donated 275 box lunches for golfers and volunteers.
Golfers who partook in the raffles were enticed by fabulous prizes. The total value of the Birdie Raffle prizes more than $9,570 and included: a “Chef’s Tasting for Two” at The Oceanaire Seafood Room valued at $250; Bar Reception at Seasons 52 valued at $300; golf for 4 at the icon Brickyard Crossing valued at $400; plus much more! The total value of the Eagle Raffle prizes was $3,700 and included: a two night stay, with breakfast and dinner at the JW Marriott valued at $700; a foursome at Wolf Run Golf Club valued at $600; a one night stay for two at French Lick Springs Hotel, one round of golf for two at Donald Ross Course, and breakfast for two at the Colonnade Restaurant, and a $100 Speedway Gas card valued at $600; four suite tickets to the Indianapolis Colts game against Titans values at $1,200; and four tickets in the Penthouse Paddock for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with a $75 Kroger gift card valued at $590.
At the awards ceremony and after party the fun continued. The Tipsy Toss continued to test the skills of golfers as the PGA BMW Championship was streaming live for all to enjoy. Golf team standings were announced and prizes were awarded.
Assistance League was proud to have a team participate this year, the team consisted of Rose Conrad, Laura Sanfrey, Carol Valentine and Sarah Copeland.
The funds raised from this wonderful event will benefit Assistance League’s largest program, Operation School Bell®, .as well as its other philanthropic programs: ALI Bears, ALI Friends, and Assault Survivor Kits®. The day would not be possible without the support of Eagle Creek Golf Club General Manager Matt Parrott and his staff who worked diligently with the Assistance League’s committee of: Kathy Kerr Wylam, Chairman; Carol Gambrel, Assistant Chairman; Annette Suggs, Vice President Resource Development; Barbara Hammer, Breakfast Specialists; Judy Powell and Lynne Hurlbut, Volunteers; Laura Ellis, Vicki Drake, and Susie Main, Golf Games; Nancy Bennett and Rhianna Fox, Special Tables; Barb Diehl, Kathy Detzler, Cindee Potterack, Raffle Items; Jane Edington, 50/50 Raffle; Eve Sweeney, Gift Card Tree; Andrea Arbore, PayPal and Meri Webber, Public Relations.