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August 8, 2005
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FUN, FUN, FUN FUNDRAISERS
We started off the day getting everyone checked in and selling string and Mulligan tickets for those individuals who were willing to pay the price to win the tournament. The games we had arranged for fundraising were a big hit! We sold Mulligan tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20. A Mulligan is basically a second chance -- so if you hit a terrible shot, you take out one of your Mulligan tickets and do it again. We also sold string for $1 per inch. The string is meant to seal the deal on those putts you leave just a few inches short. If a team took their putt for birdie and all of them missed it, they could use a piece of their string equal to the shortest putt landed to the cup, and consider the putt made. Folks were purchasing string like crazy, some were purchasing up to five feet at a time! Our last fund raising game was the card game. On a five hundred yard par 5, you had the option to buy a card for $10 each. Depending on the draw (jack, queen, king, or ace), team members could dramatically shorten their tee-off yardage. Obviously, some folks kept drawing until they finally got the ace -- everyone seemed to get quite a kick out of this game.
Once everyone was checked in, Gull Lake View's Jack Kosin took event organizer Karen Carlson out to the front of the course to set off a miniature cannon (although it certainly didn't sound miniature!) to start the event. The golfers were off! They then went from hole to hole while the volunteers drove around in golf carts, selling more string and Mulligan tickets to those who had run out and delivering beverages. After the ninth hole, everyone stopped into the clubhouse for a burger and brat BBQ lunch and then took back to the course for the remaining nine holes.
DINNER & SILENT AUCTION
After everyone had completed their eighteen holes, they came into the clubhouse, took a peek at the silent auction items and sat down to enjoy a pre-dinner beverage. While the buffet was being brought out, Justyn made a very nice speech explaining the foundation and its origin and thanking all of the participants. While everyone was enjoying dinner, Justyn and Billy went from table to table, shaking everyone's hand, introducing themselves and personally thanking each person for participating -- very nice touch. While dinner was wrapping up, awards were given for longest putt, men's and women's longest drive and closest to the pin as well as announced the winners of the silent auction.
As everyone began to leave, I was approached by at least one person from each team telling me how wonderful the event was, how much they enjoyed themselves and how not only were they coming back for next year's event, but how they were going to spread the word and recruit their friends and colleagues to participate next year as well.
All in all, it was a great day. Usually when an event such as this begins, it is lucky to have 7-8 teams of four to start with, building more by word of mouth every year. We began The First Annual Carl Wilson Foundation Scramble Against Cancer with 14 teams of four on our first year and will most likely at least double that for next year based on the feedback we have received.
SCRAMBLE CONTACT INFORMATIONTournament Organizer:
Karen A. Carlson
11416 East Indian Lake Drive
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Email: carlson at ppg dot com
For more information on the Carl Wilson Foundation, please email us.
The aim and primary focus of The Carl Wilson Foundation is to help raise funds for cancer research and to aid musicians in need of support. The Carl Wilson Foundation is proud to have contributed to the following organizations: City of Hope, The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians, The Silver Lining Foundation and The Musicians Assistance Program.
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