The Norwalk Ministerial Association, composed of nine local churches, will hold its third annual open golf tournament on Sept. 23 at Echo Valley Country Club.
Although the four person best ball teams will be enjoying the private course’s lush putting greens, this event is more than a social outing. Norwalk Police Chief and New Life Lutheran Church member Ed Kuhl suggested the golf tournament as a way to assist with those struggling in the community.
“With a lot of courses around Norwalk, golfing is a big thing here,” he says. “I figured maybe people would be interested in that.”
In its first year, the golf tournament was able to raise $2,700. This figure increased to $3,600 in 2012. The money is accrued by player fees. Each golfer must make an $80 donation to participate, and a few local businesses offer support by sponsoring a particular golf hole.
At the end of the game, hors d’oeuvres will be served at an awards banquet to honor those with the “longest drive” and who were “closest to the pin,” as well as commemorate coming together for a beneficial cause.
“I really appreciate that we (Norwalk Ministerial Association), as a collective group, work together to help those who are living in need,” says Pastor Nate Liedtke.
The proceeds raised will be split down the middle in order to strengthen both the Norwalk Area Food Pantry and the Norwalk Ministerial Emergency Fund. The pantry, which is located inside New Life and open Wednesdays from 5 – 7 p.m., is visited by at least 20 nearby families per week, according to Liedtke.
The emergency fund is a joint account amongst the nine churches that serves to assist local residents’ monetary debts. The money goes to those who are behind on “water payments, housing — you name it,” explains Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church and Ministerial Association treasurer Glen Blumer. To accept help, no church membership or connection to a faith community is required, informed Liedtke.
“God has allowed us to help many, many people with this golf outing,” says Blumer.
Those interested in participating should contact Ed Kuhl before Sept. 13 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515)-974-8336. The $80 cost includes green fees, a golf cart rental as well as use for driving, putting and practice ranges.
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