The Sampson County Arts Council is gearing up for the 7th Annual Golf Fore The Arts Golf Tournament.
The annual tournament is set to tee off at 9 a.m. this Friday, June 10, at Coharie Country Club in Clinton. According to organizers, the tournament is hailed as one of the community’s big golf events, is open to all golfers and will be utilizing super-ball format.
This year’s major corporate sponsors include Ribeyes Steakhouse of Clinton, GO Automotive, Smithfield, McDonald’s and Matthews Drug.
Prior to the tournament, all golfers and sponsors are invited to participate in a meet and greet. The “Farm to Fork” Reception will be held Thursday, June 9, from 6:30-9 p.m and will be prepared by Ribeyes of Clinton at the Victor R. Small House in Clinton. The reception will feature “agricultural culinary fusion” by highlighting fresh crops from local farmers, pork from Smithfield and local brews by Grog Row Brewing Company and others.
While corporate sponsors are key to the success of the fundraiser, Debbie Roberts and Helen Kearns, tournament committee co-chairs, noted how the public can also get involved.
“There are several ways to support this event, including the sponsorship of a golf team or student, tee sign advertisement, purchasing an ad in our commemorative booklet, or donating a door prize. Your donation is completely tax deductible.”
According to Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, said the golf tournament is its premiere event each year.
“This is our largest fundraising event,” she said. “Funds raised sustain ongoing operations of the Arts Council so we can continue to produce programs and events that advance the arts and engage our county’s residents and visitors.”
Funds raised support arts programming throughout the year, including Adult & Student Art Workshops, Art Exhibits and Receptions, Student Art Club, Sunday Happenings, Summer Art Camp, and more, Donatelli continued.
“With your generous support, the Arts Council will be able to provide two weeks of Summer Art Camp for over 100 children. We are also proud to award Art Camp scholarships to 35 select students in grades 1-12,” she concluded.
Potential donors are encouraged to contact the Sampson Arts Council at 910-596-2533 or email [email protected]
The Arts Council will also team up once again with Eagle Scout Noel Turlington to provide a free golf clinic for boys and girls to experience the game of golf.
“I will be continuing an event I began last year as my Boy Scout Eagle Project, ‘Growing Golf Through the Arts,’” stated Turlington.
The boys and girls golf clinic will be held during the Golf Fore the Arts tournament, from 10 a.m. to noon at Coharie. The event is first come, first serve for 18 boys and girls (rising fourth and fifth graders that live in Sampson County.)
Young golfers will learn etiquette and rules, full swing basics, putting techniques and each participant will design their own personalized golf ball to showcase at the Victor R. Small House. Each participant will be given an iron, putter and golf balls that he or she can take home to keep. A snack and drink will be provided.
The event is free. Interested participants should call Margaret Turlington at 910-385-6716 to register.
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