This time of year usually brings out a plethora of charity golf tournaments. It seems there is one nearly every weekend at nearly every course. Each of these fine events represents a great cause, one that is dear to the hearts of everyone involved.
There are a few however, that happen to be dear to me as well. What makes some more dear than others? For me it's a charity that helps children or those suffering from a disease. Being a father of three and having lost one of my closest friends to cancer, I know just how important taking care of our children and suffering loved one is.
The tournament I am talking about is the Children's Emergency Resources 21st Annual Golf Tournament. The event is coming up quickly. It's being held on Saturday, April 19 at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City.
This tournament raises funds to help defray costs and raise funds for services that the CER provides.
Since 1979, Children's Emergency Resources, funded by the United Way, has been providing medical exams and assessments, prescription medications, dental services, optical exams and glasses, special requests and crisis intervention to low socio-economic status children and youth in Martin County.
"The beauty of this program," says CERI president Dale Hoffa, "is that there is no red tape and no waiting list. Every child is handled the first day."
The CERI offsets, defrays expenses when needed and assists agencies who are in need of client support. This agency features a long list of professionals in the fields of medicine, orthodontics and ophthalmology, all of whom volunteer their time and staff services to these children in their time of need.
Through a networking initiative with every health assistant in every school in Martin County, the CERI immediately knows family groups and children in poverty in Martin County.
This knowledge allows the agency to step in at the earliest possible moment and provide these families and children with the service they need at a time when they need it most. It has supplied wheelchairs, nebulizers, eye glasses, hearing aids, medication, dental services and funds for emergency medical services and other health-related issues.
All of the money that comes in from the United Way, corporate, private and public benefactors and trusts go directly to the children. The agency has minimal overhead, one part-time paid staff member, and no office. All directors are unpaid volunteers.
The tournament begins with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. At 8:30, golfers will head out for a shotgun start. Following golf there will be lunch, a silent auction, awards and prizes. Players will be placed in one of four groups; regular, senior, couples or ladies.
Cost for the event is $125 per person. Sponsorships begin at $125 for a tee sign and are available for holes, putting green, beverage cart, breakfast, lunch and more. Some sponsorships include from two to eight spots in the event.
For additional information, to sign up for the tournament, become a sponsor or to make a tax deductible donation to CERI, contact Dale Hoffa at (772) 220-8865, or Jim Hart at (772) 337-4031, or Nedra Velasco at (772) 220-3301. You can also visit their website at www.childrensemergencyresources.org.
If you can't make this event, there are many other worthy charities holding events. Pick out one that you would like to support, grab your clubs and enjoy. You'll have a great time and it just may be your support that provides help for someone who may have otherwise gone without.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.