The Kids for Sports Foundation charity four-scramble golf tournament at the Wolf Creek Golf Club saw a huge turnout Saturday morning.
The outing brought 144 golfers, which filled the course, in a four-person scramble to help raise money for KSF, and there was also a waiting list. The weather made the charity event even better.
“As soon as we got the information out there the event took off,” Nancy Hewett, executive assistant at Wolf Creek and member of the KSF advisory committee, said.
Kids for Sports Foundation was launched during the Jan. 27, 2014 Mesquite Economic Business Preview at Wolf Creek Golf Course’s Terrace Restaurant, Hewett said.
The mission of KFS is “to ensure all kids are given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of playing organized sports. We do this by helping remove financial and other barriers that prevent kids from participating in sports.”
Sixteen volunteers throughout the community make up the KFS advisory committee.
KFS was created last November when Wolf Creek co-owners, Cory and Chad Clemetson, and the executive board discussed that many Mesquite families struggle to pay for sporting equipment, and the local foundation was born.
Community and business leaders, recognizing the foundation’s potential for unifying the community by helping kids and their families, pledged generous donations to the organization, Hewett said.
Bill and Elaine Hurd, Bob Shively, Anne Hunt and Greg Lee each contributed $1,000 to the foundation on top of the $5,000 the Clemetsons gave to kick off KFS, Hewett added.
The net proceeds from Saturday’s charity event is between a whopping $13,000 and $14,000. Money was collected through entries, hole sponsors, raffles and the valets also donated all their tips to the foundation. Just from the raffles and mulligans alone raised $3,075.
The raffle included all kinds of golfing gear such as bags, clubs, gloves and gift bags donated by hole sponsors. The raffle generated $640 which was split between KFS and a lucky ticket holder.
“Kids for Sports is a wonderful foundation,” Hewett said. “Without the generosity of the community, we couldn’t have achieved what we did today.”
It was the first big fundraiser KSF has had, Hewett said. She also said they’ve raised money for the foundation at wine festivals, the rotary ball drop and Shreek-reeka.
“The bottom line, we do it for the unprivileged children without causing a financial burden,” Deborah Demos, a volunteer said. “We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors, volunteers, golfers, Wolf Creek and others”
Hewett also said the event brought in golfers from Las Vegas, St. George, team in Idaho and other various places.
Brothers, Bob and John Dingle, heard about the tournament from their brother, who lives in Mesquite and thought it was a great idea to participate.
Bob said the tourney reminded him of the charities he volunteers for in Oregon.
“I’m all for charities and you can’t never do enough for the kids,” Bob said.
“The turnout was just phenomenal,” Hewett said. “We can’t thank all the volunteers, sponsors, Wolf Creek and the community enough.”
Darren Stanek, general manager of Wolf Creek, and Hewett said they’d like to continue the fundraiser annually.
“Wolf Creek is a big part of Mesquite and Mesquite is a big part of Wolf Creek,” said Stanek. “We love helping out the community and the kids as best as we can.”
The overall team winner of the tournament was the team of Adam Craig, J.D. Martin, Josh Johnson and Todd Slanholpver who had a score of 52.
The Ken Garff Mesquite Ford RV team placed first place in the men’s category. The team consisted of Mike and Dave Heath, Austin Szatlocky and Eric Hovey.
The Marco Garcia Group, Marco Garcia, Jim Healea and Darren and Daisy Toth, placed first in the mixed category.
The Par Tee Girls, Tammy Warnke, Marty Rapson, Cean Weber and Deana Hardy, won the women’s division.
Another highlight of the outing included Ron Lecher, of Fort Collins, Colorado, who hit a hole-in-one on the fifteenth hole, a par-3 hole.
The next fundraising event will be a Spring Wine Fest at the Terrace Restaurant at Wolf Creek on May 2.
If you’d like to be a volunteer of KFS contact Kathy Bussman at 702-345-6710.
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