Forsyth, MO, June 4, 2014 – Gift of Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Taney County nonprofit, hosted the first annual Gift of Hope Charity Golf Classic at LedgeStone Golf Course in Branson Missouri on May 19, 2014. This fundraiser benefited the Backpack Club and Christmas Share programs.
The first annual golf tournament for Gift of Hope exceeded fundraising expectations. The tournament had 4-person teams and played a scramble format. All of the golfers received a new pair of FootJoy golf shoes, lunch, beverages and snacks on the course, a cocktail reception with appetizers as they were coming off the course as well as a prime rib dinner buffet provided by Chef Bob Nicol. There was a silent and live auction as well. The big ticket live auction item was a trip for four to Augusta National in April of 2015 for a “Master’s Experience.” The package was provided by host Wayne Player, which auctioned for an incredible $8,000.
“The Backpack Club feeds approximately 900 hungry children every weekend throughout Taney County during the school year. We anticipate the numbers to increase this upcoming school year; that is why the success of this fundraiser was such a blessing!” Meghan Connell, Director of Gift of Hope said. “The Christmas Share program helps families throughout the winter months with electric, rent, propane, warm clothes and food. These numbers have increased over the past five years, so we are grateful for those who participated and sponsored the event.”